Study Examines Links Between Fibromyalgia and Migraine Headaches

Study Examines Links Between Fibromyalgia and Migraine Headaches
Fibromyalgia may be a clinical sign of more severe headaches in patients with migraine, and more frequently affects those with chronic migraines or migraines with aura, which are accompanied by neurological symptoms, a study has found. The research, “Comorbid fibromyalgia in migraine patients: clinical significance and impact on daily life,” was published in the journal Neurological Research People with fibromyalgia (FM) frequently experience headaches, a problem that reportedly affects about half those patients. The presence of both conditions has been associated with increased headache frequency, muscle tenderness in the head, anxiety, and sleep inadequacy. In addition to pain complaints, people with fibromyalgia and chronic headaches share co-occurrence of similar psychological disorders, which has led to theories that both conditions may share similar physiological (body function) alterations, too. But there is controversy over the impact and the prognostic value of FM in migraine, and the relationship between these entities. In this study, a team led by researchers at Yozgat City Hospital, Turkey, investigated the impact of FM in patients with migraine to find specific features characteristic of this group of patients, as compared to those
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