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STUDY: Migraine, Fibromyalgia Linked to High Suicide Risk

Migraine and Fibromyalgia: Both are extremely painful conditions, and now, research shows that both are linked to a high suicide risk and depression.

Prevalence for Suicidal Tendencies

Fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system with increased brain excitability. It often manifests itself not only with muscle pains, but also fatigue, memory problems, and sleep and mood disturbances. Various studies estimate that anywhere from 2% to 8% of the general adult population suffers from fibromyalgia. Meantime, about 12% of the population suffers from migraines.

Now, a study just published in Neurology, reports that patients with migraines and coexisting fibromyalgia have a higher risk of suicidal tendencies and attempts compared with migraine patients without fibromyalgia.

Migraine, Fibromyalgia Magnify Risk

The study looked at 1,318 patients who attended a headache clinic. Of these patients, 133 or 10% were found to also have fibromyalgia. Compared with migraine patients who did not have fibromyalgia, those with fibromyalgia were more likely to report suicidal ideation (58% vs 24%) and suicide attempts (18% vs 6%).

This report suggests that migraine and fibromyalgia, together, may magnify the risk of suicide. The study also suggests that patients with migraines should be evaluated for other chronic pain conditions and for their mental health well-being. In particular, patients with chronic migraines should be screened for other painful conditions and mental illness. And patients with fibromyalgia should also be evaluated for migraines and potential suicide tendencies. Patients often do not appear depressed, but simple questions can detect depression, which can lead to effective treatment.

The Magnesium Connection

Interestingly enough, as we blogged about previously, magnesium deficiency is common in both migraines and fibromyalgia and an over-the-counter oral supplement is recommended to all patients. Reports show that some patients do not absorb magnesium and respond very well to monthly intravenous infusions of magnesium. Both their migraines improve as do fibromyalgia symptoms.

We urge all of our migraine and pain management patients to talk to us about any other medical conditions that may be affecting them, including any mental health issues. Signs of mental distress and depression should not be ignored.

Treatment for Migraines and Headaches in Southern California

Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.