Chronic Migraine Patients More Likely to Have Fibromyalgia than Those with Tension Headaches, Study Finds

Chronic Migraine Patients More Likely to Have Fibromyalgia than Those with Tension Headaches, Study Finds
Patients with chronic migraines have a higher prevalence of fibromyalgia compared to people who get chronic tension headaches, new research shows. The study reporting the findings is titled “Fibromyalgia Among Patients With Chronic Migraine and Chronic Tension-Type Headache: A Multicenter Prospective Cross-Sectional Study,” and was published in the journal Headache. Previous studies have shown that fibromyalgia is a frequent comorbidity in people with chronic headache disorders, with frequencies ranging from 11.7% to 22.2%. And the prevalence of fibromyalgia in patients with tension-type headaches (TTH) has been reported to be between 35.1% and 59%. People with both fibromyalgia and chronic headaches tend to have more frequent headaches, increased pericranial tenderness, reduced physical performance, and greater sleep disturbance. As these factors can severely affect a patient’s quality of life, the proper diagnosis and management of fibromyalgia in these patients is important. Until now, most studies that looked at the association between headaches and fibromyalgia were conducted based on older criteria for fibromyalgia. But diagnostic information regarding fibromyalgia has changed based on the revised 2010 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Diagnostic Criteria for Fibromyalgia. South Korean researchers set out to study the association between fibromyalgia and two types of common headaches: chronic migraines (CM) and chronic tension-type headaches (CTTH). Researchers investigated pai
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  1. Lynn O’Neal says:

    I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I would love to have anything to help with my body pain. I have had it since I was a kid. I am now 60 years old and would love some relief before I am too old to enjoy my life.

  2. Bonnie says:

    Swimming has been a life saver for me. Swimming is like taking pain medicine also where I go they have a hot tub which also helps, and there are water classes that are fun and easy to do which helps with muscle and joint pain.

  3. I suffer from fybromyalgia pain, headaches, stiffness of joints for many years. My pain increases a lot with cooler and damp climates which I live in for 9 months a year. Has anyone done any studies how warmer climates to colder changeable climates affect people with fybromayalgia and to evaluate the percentage of people that have been diagnosed with fybromyagia is higher in changeable climates? Just curious as I find when I visit the warm south my pain decreases immensely and feel like a new person!!!

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