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Misdiagnosed Bipolar

Has anyone been diagnosed bipolar only to find out it was migraines, or do the two often go hand in hand?

  1. , a lot of people diagnosed with migraine also have mental health issues. They could go hand in hand, but I don't know if one causes the other. Maybe some other community members can chime in with their experiences. ~ Peggy (Migraine.com team)

    1. Hi BLewis19,

      Great question! Thank you for reaching out to us. As Peggy mentioned, there are many conditions that can be comorbid with migraine. This means they can occur at the same time but are not caused by one another. We have an array of articles in this link that may be useful.

      I hope that helps!
      Nancy

      1. I was diagnosed with bipolar 20 years before migraine diagnosis. I personally see in retrospect that they seem to share symptoms if not an underlying cause (serotonin system, circadian?). My new neurologist has diagnosed me with sleep disorders that she believes are exaccerbating if not causing both bipolar and migraine.

        1. Migraines are very often associated with mental health conditions, I agree with Peggy that they are color bid but that one does not cause the other and more importantly I definitely do not think your migraines were misdiagnosed as Bipolar Disorder. I was diagnosed with migraines at 16 (I’m 40) and with Bipolar at 22, I had been diagnosed with depression and anxiety at 20, however I can 100% day without a doubt that I could have/should have been diagnosed much, much earlier than that. It’s sucks, but remember having Bipolar isn’t anything to be ashamed of and more importantly remember you HAVE Bipolar you’re NOT Bipolar you are NOT defined by your illness

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