Fibromyalgia Worsens Depression and Migraine Symptoms, Study Shows

Fibromyalgia Worsens Depression and Migraine Symptoms, Study Shows
Patients with fibromyalgia are more likely to develop worse symptoms of depression, migraine intensity and migraine-related disability. The study with that finding, “Fibromyalgia in migraine: a retrospective cohort study,” was published in The Journal of Headache and Pain. Migraine is a common debilitating disorder in patients with fibromyalgia, affecting about 18 to 35 percent of patients. When both fibromyalgia and migraine are present, it can intensify patients’ disability and  affect their quality of life. Researchers already had found that patients with high frequency of chronic migraine had worse fibromyalgia symptoms and were more likely to have this condition than those with tension headaches. Building on these findings, a team from the Mayo Clinic Rochester in Minnesota investigated if patients with both fibromyalgia and migraines experience more depressive symptoms, headache-related disability, or higher headache intensity, than patients with migraine only. A total of 157 individuals with both comorbidities and 471 controls with just migraine were enrolled in the study, between 2012 and 2017. Using data prospectively collected from a headache database, both groups were analyzed in terms of participants’ body mass index, av
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