Reader’s Mail: Treating Chronic Daily Headache, Fibromyalgia and More

Q. I have had chronic daily headaches and migraines with aura for years. I also have fibromyalgia, TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome) disorder and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). All of these involve chronic pain. I take Relpax® for the migraines, which helps a lot with the aura and works okay for the headache. I also take Cymbalta® for depression, but haven’t noticed any pain relief from it. The only other medication I seem to tolerate is Advil®. Since I have a headache “24-7”, with no beginning or ending, I never really know what causes it. How many pain relievers (like Advil) do you have to take to get a rebound headache? I never take more than two a day, but I wonder if taking them for several days makes my headache worse. I want to do anything I can to prevent an already difficult situation from getting worse. Continue Reading

Migraine and Other Disorders Linked to Increased Risk of Suicide

Migraine is linked to an increased risk of suicide and other self-inflicted injuries, according to researchers at Oxford University in England.

While certain psychiatric illnesses, such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, increase the risk by five times of self-harm, common physical illnesses also elevate the risk. In a recent study, patients with epilepsy were about three times more likely to intentionally harm themselves, while people who have migraine or asthma were nearly twice as likely to do so. The study indicates that the skin disorders psoriasis and eczema also carry an increased association, as do inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Continue Reading