Chronic Migraine is Burdensome, Disabling & Associated with Additional Health Problems


It’s tempting to file this headline under “duh” and dismiss its importance. But the research that chronic migraineurs are worse off than episodic migraineurs supports the idea that it is necessary to treat chronic migraine as a distinct disorder with a distinct set of issues. This is especially true because it’s not just that chronic migraineurs are more depressed or more fiscally challenged than episodic migraineurs: they are also more likely to suffer from other serious health problems.

Compared to Episodic Migraineurs, Chronic Migraineurs are Sicker, Poorer and More Depressed
These health problems included asthma, bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. In addition, they were about 40 percent more likely to have heart disease and angina and 70 percent more likely to have had a stroke.
Furthermore, the researchers found that one in three chronic migraineurs receives inadequate treatment. This mirrors what experts in the field say: while episodic migraineurs can receive adequate treatment from their primary care physicians or just about any neurologist, chronic migraineurs need to be treated by headache specialists.

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