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Relationship of Stress to Migraine Headaches

Relationship of Stress to Migraine Headaches

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  1. Relationship of Stress to Migraine Headaches

  2. What is a Migraine? Type of headache Intense throbbing pain of the head, temples or behind one eye or ear Can also cause nausea and vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine can occur any time (usually mornings). The pain can last from a few hours to days. Migraine attacks can interfere with your day-to-day life.

  3. We don’t know what causes migraines, but some things are more common in people who have them • Age (25-55) • Family history • Women • Less severe and frequent with age.

  4. Statistics 36 million Americans suffer from migraines Migraine ranks in the top 20 of the world's most disabling medical illnesses. Over10% of the population - including children - suffers from migraine. That's more than diabetes and asthma combined! About 18% of American women and 6% of men suffer from migraine. For more than 90% of all sufferers, migraine interferes with their education, career and social activities.

  5. Stress Acute Stress- body's immediate reaction Chronic Stress-impacting your body over a period of time Caused by external and internal stressors Stress response fight or flight

  6. Stress can trigger migraines • Chronic stress • Studies show that everyday stresses — not major life changes — cause most headaches In several medical studies, migraine patients have reported stress as a serious trigger, often edging out missed meals, bright sunlight and weather changes as the most common precipitant

  7. Help Prevent or Reduce Stress • Diet • Sleep • Exercise • Relaxation exercises • Limit alcohol and caffeine • Try to figure out what causes you to feel stressed

  8. The Migraine Research Foundation Provides hope to sufferers by raising funds for innovative scientific research to further the understanding of the causes and mechanisms of migraine, to develop improved treatments for sufferers, and to find the cure.

  9. QUESTIONS?

  10. Resources (2008). Migraine Fact Sheet. Womens Health.org. Retrieved from http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our- publications/fact-sheet/migraine.cfm#m (2012). Migraine Research Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/index.html Jim Distasio. (2011). 7 Ways to Reduce Stress and Manage Migraine Pain. Health Wise. Retrieved from http://www.headachemag.org/Articles/FitnessAndNutrition/7-Ways-to-Manage-Stress-and-Reduce-Migraine-Pain