Persons who suffer from chronic back pain and migraines may be at a much higher risk of suicidal thoughts and fantasies. According to the results of a new study that was recently published in JAMA Psychiatry, doctors treating patients who suffer from chronic pain or migraines must be aware of the link between back pain and suicide.
The study was based on an analysis of more than 4.8 million veterans treated by the US Veterans Health Administration in 2005. Veterans, who suffer from chronic back pain, were tracked by researchers over three years, to determine whether there was a higher association with suicide.
They found that overall a higher suicide risk was linked to migraines, headaches, neuropathy, back pain, fibromyalgia and psychogenic pain. They found that all these conditions were linked to a high rate of suicide.