Migraine Term of the Day: Comorbid

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When we're looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.

Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.

Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.

Today's term: Comorbid

Comorbid: existing simultaneously with and usually independently of another medical condition. This means that a person can have two or more conditions at the same time, but none of them causes any of the others.

When discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders, we generally see comorbid in discussing medical conditions we have as well as Migraines and headaches.

Also see:

Migraine, Headache, and Thyroid

© Teri Robert, 2009

Last updated December 30, 2009