Stress as a trigger

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Stress as a trigger

Post  Kate on Tue May 04, 2010 9:10 am

I`m starting to wonder if constant stress can keep a migraine going day after day. Has anyone experienced this? Stress is a trigger for me.

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Re: Stress as a trigger

Post  alli on Tue May 04, 2010 9:50 am

oh yeah... At the end of my marriage, I was just a bit stressed out and had constant migraines and IBS attacks. It was horrible. THings got better eventually. Exercise and meditation helped reduce stress and helped reduce the migraines. As hard as it is, you need to find something to help you burn off the stress and reduce that as a trigger.

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Post  AuntieBubbs on Tue May 04, 2010 1:23 pm

Stress is a definite trigger for me, the more stressed out I am, the more likely I am to get migraines that are more severe and last longer. When I first lost my job and my health insurance last summer, I was very stressed out and went through months of feeling awful. I told the nuero about my situation and he agreed the stress was a trigger. He was sympathetic because of course, the best way to relieve the stress would be to find another job, and he can't exactly do that for me. He just did what he could and gave me the best advice he was able to.

I am still under alot of stress and my migraines can still get bad, but not like last summer when my stress level was much higher. Maybe because I've learned to cope better with being unemployed and uninsured Sad

Exercise does help, though. Even when I feel like crap emotionally and physically, I still try to go for a good walk every day for 45 minutes, as much of a power walk as I can manage. If I can't manage a power walk, I just walk regularly, but I get out and get some air. Some days of course I can't manage it, but most days I can and I have noticed a difference in my migraines not being as severe. Maybe because the walking does help the stress level? I don't think about all my problems when I walk, I just veg out. Smile
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Re: Stress as a trigger

Post  Brent on Tue May 04, 2010 6:09 pm

I have certainly had stress headaches that accompany migraines. You can have a neuro-chemical migraine and a stress/tension headache at the same time. As if just one is not enough. Mad
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Re: Stress as a trigger

Post  Ivy on Wed May 05, 2010 12:56 am

Stress is more than a trigger for me. It's a condition that enhances my opportunity to get migraine for any minor thing that happens.

For example: if I am under a bad stress even a minor change in the weather triggers me migraine. If I am relatively calm, weather changes can be totally harmless. The same with hormones. If I'm particulartly stresses, periods can bring days and days of migraine. If I'm happily quiet, I can get only a mild headache from them.
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