05/21/07 #2 - Migraine and narcolepsy?

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Full Question:

I have had chronic daily migraines for four years. I have just now been diagnosed with narcolepsy. Is it common for Migraineurs to also have narcolepsy and why? Laura.


Dear Laura;

This is an intriguing question and I have thought about it in relationship to migraines and sleep disorders for a long time. However, there is no clear-cut evidence that narcolepsy, per se, has any kind of association or causative factor for migraines. On the other hand, it has been my consistent observation that people who do not sleep well at night tend to have a more difficult time controlling headaches. So, the main question I would have for you is: how do you sleep at night? If your nighttime sleep does not result in feeling refreshed in the morning, then something could be perhaps made better and that may have been some connection to a lessened headache pattern. Or, you just may have two separate clinical problems. Please get the sleep taken care of and see if the headaches get better.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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