Headaches & Migraines


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

Headaches of a new or unusual type can be a symptom of ME/CFS but 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, further tests should be arranged, or you should be referred to a neurologist. If headaches appear after ME/CFS has been diagnosed, as a new symptom, they 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 including migraine, What causes headaches in ME/CFS? Migraine headaches in ME/CFS, 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.

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