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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