Chronic and episodic migraine – similarities and differences

Takeaway

  • As chronic migraine (CM) and high-frequency episodic migraine (HFEM) have similarities in terms of sociodemographic variables, disability and comorbidities, similar treatment strategies could be considered for both.

Why this matters

  • It is well-known that CM is more disabling and burdensome than episodic migraine (EM); however, current evidence suggests that HFEM may be more similar to CM, in terms of socioeconomic impact, disability and family burden, than it is to low-frequency EM (LFEM).

  • This study provides further evidence for the similarities between HFEM and CM, which may assist healthcare professionals in selecting appropriate treatment strategies for people suffering from migraine.