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Chronic migraines linked to poor general health


Chronic migraine sufferers tend to be in poorer general health and more depressed than those with episodic migraine, according to US research.

The findings are based on almost 12,000 adults with episodic – a severe headache on up to 14 days of the month – or chronic migraine – headache on 15 or more days of the month.

Those with chronic migraine were twice as likely to be depressed, anxious, and experiencing chronic pain. They were also significantly more likely to have other serious health problems, such as asthma.

Writing online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, the authors said chronic migraine “can be an especially disabling and burdensome condition”.


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  • Yes I believe this to be the case since I suffer migraines regularly and get incredibly depressed; and I have asthma. My migraines and asthma seem to have been inherited from both sides of my family which is unfortunate and depression and migraines really affect my life. The asthma is well controlled. When I have time off work with migraine it is understood but when I have difficulty functioning due to associated depression there is no understanding at all. Further research on this would be welcomed

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  • "Those with chronic migraine were twice as likely to be depressed, anxious, and experiencing chronic pain."

    As someone who suffered from migraines for years (before discovering the wonderful drug, naratriptan) and at the risk of getting this post deleted, can I just say: "No s**t Sherlock".

    Another successful result from the "spend a fortune researching something that everyone already knows" school of science.
    I wonder how much this revelatory research cost? Because for absolutely nothing I could tell you anyone suffering from crashing headaches which can go on for days, nausea, visual disturbances and numbness will be a tad anxious and depressed. They'll also be in a great deal of pain.
    What next? "Scientists discover the common cold makes you feel "a bit snuffly"?"

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  • In response to the last comment: I'm with you all the way on that one.
    Where is the research to show how you don't get depressed and anxious with chronic migraine?

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  • I suffer with headaches and I agree that riztriptan is great! Thank god for this, I 've got more of life now. I don't consider myself to be in poor general health, so I disagree with this comment.

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  • I have suffered headaches for 25 years and I am not a depressed person. I also dont consider myself as in poor health, in the past 6 years I visited the doctor once with chest infection, so i also disagree.

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