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Cephalgiaphobia May Lead to Chronic Migraines

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Cephalgiaphobia: A Vicious Cycle

Cephalgiaphobia is a psychological state that has been linked to prompting and sustaining the overuse of medication.

According to a recent study, published in the Journal of Headache Pain, frequent migraines can lead to a fear of migraines, and a fear of migraines can lead to increased migraine frequency.

Depression and anxiety are common with chronic migraine sufferers. The link between migraine and lifetime anxiety disorders (panic, obsessive-compulsive disorders, generalized anxiety, phobias) has been described in both clinical and population-based studies.



Cephalalgiaphobia and depression are often linked


A headache or Cephalalgia is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck. Cephalgiaphobia is fear of having a headache, or fear of the next headache during the time you are pain free.  This fear may induce patients to use analgesic medication in the absence of pain to prevent headaches and to improve their performances.

A recent study was aimed at assessing if cephalalgiaphobia is related to migraine frequency or medication overuse, and if it can increase migraine frequency.  This term is not only used for patients that are fearful of headache pain, but also for those exhibiting pain-panic.

Pain-panic situation is described as a significant and uncontrolled fear over anticipated painful events, which can prompt excessive and obsessive drug-taking behavior and, ultimately, medication overuse (prescription or OTC pain killers). Medication overuse in turn can lead to more pain in the form of MOH or medication overuse headaches.

In a recent pilot study, moderate-high migraine frequency was associated with higher risk of cephalalgiaphobia. Chronic migraineurs with medication overuse had a higher score of cephalalgiaphobia than those without medication overuse.  Patients with increased migraine frequency had higher cephalalgiaphobia.

The study concluded Cephalalgiaphobia may represent a high-frequency migraine feature and may play a role in chronicization. Therefore, it should be better investigated by clinicians and treated or prevented in order to reduce the risk of disability and the increase in migraine frequency.

Study details here.

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Many things can happen physiologically that can contribute to migraines occurring.

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