Symptoms – Headaches & Migraines


This detailed leaflet discusses what we know about headaches and migraines and how they affect people with M.E. We also consider when to see your doctor and pharmacist to discuss treatment options.


When to see your doctor

“If you have headaches at the start of your M.E., this should always form part of the initial clinical assessment…

“If there are any other symptoms or signs suggesting that there could be another more serious explanation for your headaches, the doctor will arrange further tests, or refer you to a neurologist, or to a headache clinic at the hospital.

“If headaches appear after M.E. has been diagnosed, as a ‘new symptom’, this should always be discussed with your GP before you start self-treating with over-the-counter, painkilling drugs.”

Topics discussed in this leaflet include:

  • Types of headache
  • What causes headaches in M.E.?
  • Migraine headaches in M.E.
  • When to see your doctor
  • ‘Red Flag’ symptoms and signs
  • Headaches in children
  • When to see your pharmacist

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.