Results from a recent study published in the journal Neurology showed that patients who suffer from both fibromyalgia and migraines are at a higher risk of suicide. In the study, the team of researchers from Taiwan focused on patients who had migraines and comorbid fibromyalgia, observing that those who had fibromyalgia also suffered from more frequent headaches and had lower sleep quality.
To identify the clinical effects, frequency, and risk of suicide in comorbid FM in a cohort of patients with migraine, in the study titled “ Suicide risk in patients with migraine and comorbid fibromyalgia”, the team surveyed patients with migraine who sought help in a headache clinic.
f 1,318 patients with migraine included in the analysis 10,1% were found to have comorbid FM. Patients with migraine and comorbid FM had higher headache frequency and headache-related disability, poor sleep quality, and were more depressed/anxious in comparison to those patients who only had migraine.
Of the patients with migraine 27,3% reported suicidal ideation and 6,9% reported suicide attempts. These results were even higher in patients with comorbid FM (ideation: 58.3% attempt: 17.6%, respectively).
The researchers also found an association between FM comorbidity and a higher suicide risk in three different migraine subgroups, i.e., migraine without aura, migraine with aura, and chronic migraine ~Fibomyalgia new
I do not find this particularly surprising. Migraines increase your suicide risk, with migraine aura being the highest risk. Fibromyalgia has a higher risk of suicide. I would only assume that together, as that is pretty brutal in my experience, would increase the risk factors.