I am depressed and have been diagnosed as bipolar.
I also have migraine
headaches. Am I completely off base in suspecting a connection between
these conditions and fibromyalgia?
Most people with FM have low serum levels of serotonin, which can cause
depression. (Chronic pain and poor sleep are in themselves sufficient
reason for depression, one might think.) Some people have low levels of
dopamine, another brain chemical, which can cause fatigue. In my research I
have not come across anything linking FM to the manic phase of bipolar
disorder, but I have personally known people whose (mild) bipolar symptoms
disappeared when they got their FM under control. I have heard the same
about migraines and FM, so I do not think you are off base at all.
Richard B. Patterson is a clinical psychologist
in private practice in El Paso, TX. He is the author of three books on psychology