Is Stress Causing Your Migraines?

If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know it’s an extremely painful and debilitating experience. You may have to lie in bed for hours, unable to do anything else until the intense pain and nausea disappear. Unfortunately, doctors don’t know the exact cause of migraines because they affect everyone who has them differently. But one possible trigger is stress.

At Sound Internal and Aesthetic Medicine, Dr. Ignatius Medani works with patients suffering from migraines and teaches them about their potential triggers to help them avoid migraines in the future. If stress is one of the triggers of your migraines, Dr. Medani and his team can help you work through the problem as well as learn how to cope with and avoid migraine headaches in the future.

How can stress be a trigger for migraines?

Dr. Medani and other medical professionals can help you identify stress that may trigger your migraines. When stress is a trigger, migraines come two or three days after a stressful event or experience. In some cases, you may even experience migraines during a relaxation period after a long period of stress. This can be stressful in itself and may even cause more migraines.

Stress causes chemical and hormonal changes in your body, which is why it can potentially trigger a serious, painful migraine. Also, some people who experience stress simply become more susceptible to migraines that occur as a result of another trigger, such as loud noises, certain smells, and certain foods.

Are my migraines caused by stress?

Maybe. It’s hard to know for certain and even a doctor might not be able to pin down one direct cause of all your migraines. But you can start to pay attention to the signs of stress-induced migraines. Doing so can help you to determine if stress is likely to be the cause of your headaches.

First, ask yourself if you have been under extra stress lately. This stress could be coming from work, your family, school, or another source.

Second, start keeping a journal. Write down details about how long the migraine lasted, what treatments you used and whether or not they worked, where the pain was located, how much you ate that day, and what you ate. The journal can also help you to keep track of all your activities (exercise, socializing, work, etc.) as well as your bodily functions (your menstrual cycle, how much sleep you’re getting, digestive problems, etc.).

A journal can help you recognize the patterns that occur when you experience a migraine. This way, you won’t be caught off guard or unable to remember details from the experience several days later. You can also determine if there’s a pattern of stressful events around the time you suffered a migraine.

What can I do about stress-related migraines?

If you suffer from migraines, you need to make an appointment with a medical professional. Dr. Medani can help you determine the cause or causes of your migraines and can discuss your options for treatment. Call us or request an appointment through this website today.

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