What is comorbid with migraine, and what does that mean? Comorbidity basically refers to two conditions that tend to go together. That doesn’t mean that one caused the other. In fact, we usually don’t know why they go together.
It could be there’s a common cause, or maybe one could cause the other. It could be something in the environment, or something genetic, or even a coincidence.
But, of course, when we see the same diseases going together over and over, the coincidence hypothesis eventually goes out the window.
What we do know is that the two (or more) things interact. Sometimes there can be a common treatment. Sometimes it means that you can’t take a certain medication, because it may increase your risk of something else.
So it’s important to think about what you may have on top of migraine disease, and it’s important to talk to your doctor about it.
Now there’s a great deal of debate when it comes to migraine comorbidity. Most of these have pretty good research behind them, but sometimes research conflicts and there’s debate about whether a certain thing should be in the list.
But for what it’s worth, here are 15 common diseases, disorders and syndromes that tend to go hand in hand with migraine. That does not mean you will definitely have any of these . . . just that they seem to be more common in migraine patients than the general population. Ones that seem to be more common come first:
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Thyroid Disease
- Mania/Bipolar Disorder
- Panic Attacks
- Raynaud’s syndrome
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Essential Tremor
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Now wait – did I miss one that you’re familiar with? Or have you found one or more of the 15 to be true of you? Leave a comment, and let us know how knowing this has helped or hindered in your treatment.
And if you’re thinking about the connection for the first time – talk to your doctor!