The Comorbidity of Headache With Other Pain Syndromes

Authors

  • Ann I. Scher PhD,

  • Walter F. Stewart PhD,

  • Richard B. Lipton MD


  • From the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD (Dr. Scher); Outcomes Research Institute, Geisinger Health Systems, Danville, PA (Dr. Stewart); and Department of Neurology, Epidemiology, and Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY (Dr. Lipton).

Address all correspondence to Dr. Ann I. Scher, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Abstract

In this article, we consider the possible reasons and supporting evidence for the comorbidity of chronic pain conditions. To simplify the discussion, we primarily focus on the epidemiology of headache with other pain conditions, dividing studies into those based on children or adolescents and those based on adults. We consider exogenous and endogenous factors, and methodological challenges, in understanding whether and how 2 pain conditions may be related.

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