Migraine Overlap

Headaches of a new type or severity is one of eight case-defining CFS symptoms. Two cohorts of Georgetown march-migraineUniversity CFS patients were evaluated using standard criteria for headache subtypes. 60 percent of CFS subjects had migraine without aura; 24 percent had migraine with aura; 12 percent had tension headaches only; only four percent had no headaches. Co-occurring tension and migraine headaches were found in 67 percent of CFS subjects. Sumatriptan (Imitrex) was beneficial for 13 out of 14 newly diagnosed CFS migraine subjects. The authors conclude, “Appropriate diagnosis and treatment with triptansmay be beneficial for CFS subjects and their complex headaches.” (BMC Neurology, Mar. 5, 2011)

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