40% of fibromyalgia patients experience headaches. Fibromyalgia headache is another debilitating symptom of the chronic pain syndrome which prevents patients from leading a normal life. The most common types of fibromyalgia headaches are muscle tension headache, migraine and combination of both.
What Does Fibromyalgia Headaches Feel Like?
Every individual experiences fibromyalgia headaches differently. Fibromyalgia headaches can surface as:
- sharp, pulsing pain
- pain on one side of the head
- pain that spreads to the neck and shoulders
- pain at the back of head and nape, near the tender points
- giddiness or nausea
- sensitivity to light, sound or smell
The difference in how fibromyalgia headaches surface in different people can be due to the varied causes of the symptom.
What Causes Fibromyalgia Headaches?
There are many reasons why a person with fibromyalgia suffers from headaches. Headaches are usually the resulting symptom of an existing problem in the person’s health or lifestyle. This problem can range from a medical condition, a lack of certain nutrient or chemical in the body or even a lifestyle abnormality. As mentioned, there are 3 types of fibromyalgia headaches – muscle tension headache, migraine and combination headache. We will go into detail of each type of fibromyalgia headache, its causes and how to treat it.