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Study Suggests Link Between Migraine and Bipolar Disorder

As someone who experiences both migraines and bipolar disorder, I was not particularly surprised to hear that a new study is suggesting a link between the two.

The study conducted at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center found that migraines were more likely among those with bipolar disorder than the general public. To top it off, these folks are also more at risk for worsened psychosocial functioning, more severe depression, and an earlier onset of bipolar symptoms.

Findings also suggested that women are more likely to have both migraines and bipolar disorder compared to men, and those that have been subject to abuse (emotional or sexual) or emotional neglect were much more likely to have both problems.

The article closes with a statement suggesting;

“Some patients have more stable moods when their migraines are well-controlled.”

Personally, I have found this has certainly rang true in my own life. The less migraine pain I experience, the less severe my bipolar symptoms (generally) are.

You can find the full article here, check it out!

Holiday Headache

Last night was the first night in weeks that I slept 9 straight hours without waking up once.

Normally I wake up anywhere from 3 to a dozen times over the course of the night while I’m trying to sleep but last night I was so exhausted from the Christmas whirlwind that within minutes of laying down I was completely out. That chunk of sleep left me feeling more relaxed than I have felt in weeks.

I had a pretty fierce migraine for the duration of Christmas day but enjoyed myself as best I could. By the end of the day I was having some trouble speaking and my mind’s eye, like looking down a long paper tube into the living room, had shut itself down and was residing a comfortable distance from the action.

Thinking about that pain today brings back my concern about the mega-headache.

Not long after new year’s this last year I had a headache that had me almost completely incapacitated for six weeks straight. No amount of CT scans, MRI’s, injected pain medication, or migraine medicines were able to pinpoint or solve what it was, and for months afterward all my neurologist would say is, “well we’ll just have to see if it happens again.”

Since then the headache broke up until I went from having a headache for 23 hours a day, to 22, 21, and so-on until it dissipated, leaving me with random, more sporadic crippling, migraine-like headaches.

I was very thankful to hear that I don’t have a brain tumor or something of that nature, but it is very frustrating to be living in fear of this phenomenon recurring without warning. Any time I feel that unrelenting pain like knives in my head, it brings with it the concern that it might not end.

Otherwise, Christmas was good. Lots of good food, good stories, and family time. No particular bipolar-type episodes, which is lucky because those migraines can trigger them for me.