Children with Migraines Should Be Monitored for Fibromyalgia and Other Conditions, Study Finds

Children with Migraines Should Be Monitored for Fibromyalgia and Other Conditions, Study Finds
Children with migraines experience central sensitization — involving changes in the central nervous system — which is linked to pericranial tenderness and juvenile fibromyalgia, new research shows. The study, “Symptoms of central sensitization and comorbidity for juvenile fibromyalgia in childhood migraine: an observational study in a tertiary headache center,” was published in the The Journal of Headache and Pain. Central sensitization, when a patient experiences increased sensitivity and feels pain with less provocation, is a common byproduct of a migraine attack. Allodynia (pain following normally nonpainful, often repetitive, stimulation) is the clinical manifestation of central sensitization and is present in 70% of episodic migraine patients and 90% of chronic migraine patients. Pericranial tenderness is caused by persistent activation of pain receptors. It is a common clinical finding in patients with frequent or chronic migraines. Fibromyalgia is also a painful condition where symptoms may be related to increased central sensitization. Large-scale studies conducted in adults with chronic migraines have shown that allodynia is highly prevalent, along with anxiety, depression, and disability. And recent studies conducted in children with migraines have also shown the frequency of allodynia. However, other signs of central sensitization, such as pericranial tenderness or fibromyalgia comorbidity, had not yet been assessed in children. Now, researchers at Bari Aldi Moro
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  1. Sue Looseley says:

    I suffered terribly as a young child with migraines, up until I had children.
    Following an accident my migraines returned and I now have fibromyalgia!?

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