Is Your Child With Migraine Tired and Depressed?

Is your child, who has migraine attacks, also tired and depressed? I don’t mean just during a migraine attack, but a lot of the time.

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It is critically important to be aware of other symptoms besides the obvious ones, like headache and nausea. Why? Because, as with adults, migraine doesn’t always come alone, it brings its “friends”.

A recent study on children with myalgic encephalomyelitis (also called chronic fatigue syndrome) highlights the need, once again, to be aware of other symptoms.

In the study, patients with both ME/CFS and diabetes were studied. What other symptoms/disorders/diseases did they have? It may not be surprising that many also had migraine. Other common symptoms were depression, weakness, muscle pain and the obvious one – fatigue.

Almost half of the patients were dealing with general tiredness for a year before they were actually diagnosed with ME/CFS.

Another interesting finding – many had had an infection (such as infectious mononucleosis) in the two year period before their diagnosis with ME/CFS.

In other words, if your child just doesn’t seem to be getting his or her energy back, there may be a good reason. Their infection may have be related to longer term problems.

It’s very hard, especially in children, to recognize symptoms – especially when there are a bunch of symptoms happening together. It’s easy to focus on the most debilitating ones.

But the more we can be aware – both as children and adults – of the various symptoms we may be experiencing, the shorter the path will be to good treatment.

Study abstract: Comorbidities treated in primary care in children with chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis

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