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Monday, August 31, 2009 ennyl, Community Member, asks

Q: Can migraines lead to fibromyalgia?

I have had migraines since I was a child.  They have tapered off as I have become older (now age 53) but I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about 7 years ago.  I have constant pain that no type of medication seems to help (at least none that I wish to take!) The best way I can describe the pain would be that it is like an electrical current running thru my body, if one could imagine such a thing;    I Wondered if there are any statistics on migraine sufferers developing fibro later in life, possibly due to changes in the brain or nervous system related to migraines or how the brain perceives pain?

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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
9/ 6/09 10:54am

Hi ennyl,


We have an expert on the ChronicPainConnection.com site that is run by Karen Lee Richards, who along another FM patient Lynne Matallana, founded the nonprofit organization now known as the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA). Karen has a wealth of information on that site and a good article on Migraines you can read about in this article: Cymbalta Approved for Fibromyalgia.


I hope this helps, do let me know if you need more information,


Megan Oltman, Community Member
8/31/09 6:46pm

Ennyl I don't know of any specific statistics on this - there may be some. But Migraine and fibromyalgia are co-morbid, meaning they often occur together.  Dr. Mohammed Yunnus who did some of the pioneering work on describing fibromyalgia has a theory of Central Nervous System Sensitivity - indicating that there are individuals who have sensitized nervous systems and are thus more prone to any number of conditions, many of them chronic pain conditions, including Migraine, fibromyalgia, some anxiety and depression, irritable bowel syndrome, among others.


- Megan

Denise Garrett, Community Member
9/ 5/09 7:51pm

I would not think so. Having migraines just makes it hard to exercise, so your joints can get stiff and you may develop arthritis,(like me), I have pain everywhere, but I think  it's Fibromyalgia.


Hcampbell64, Community Member
8/28/10 11:50pm

I have both Migraines and Fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed with Migraines before the diagnosis of Fibro. However, according to my doctor, I have had the Fibro longer than I have had the migraines. Neither one of them is fun! Alone they are bad enough, together they are affectionately referred to as the Gruesome Twosome. It took my doctor 19 years to figure out what I had and we still can't seem to get a handle on the pain.  Currently, I am in the experimental stage with Tramadol. I have had a 12 hour migraine as of the posting of this comment. I hate them and wish they didn't exist and to top it all off, I am still having somewhat of a Fibro flair up. NOT FUN IN THE LEAST!

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