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Migraine Risk Increased When Stress Decreased...?

I have been a migraine headache sufferer for most of my adult life.  It always seemed like when I had a day off of work, or a day where I could simply relax, I could not really do so because that's when I was most apt to have a migraine.  Now if that doesn't stink to high heaven, I don't know what does...

An article from March of 2014 has recently helped me to understand why this has been the case.  A study conducted at Yeshiva University concluded that persistent stress followed by relaxation is actually a trigger for migraine headache. The study authors came to this conclusion after examining headache diaries of migraine patients.

According to study authors, this finding emphasizes the importance of stress reduction and healthy lifestyle habits for migraine sufferers. In the US there are reported to be 37 million migraine sufferers,  of which almost 5 million experience attacks at least once monthly.  More women are affected than men, and the average age of these patients is between 35 and 55.  Ninety one percent of migraine sufferers miss work or cannot function as per usual when affected by a migraine. 70 percent of migraine sufferers have a family history of the disorder.

For those who are unaware, migraine chronic pain disorder that typically involves severe headache pain accompanied by sensitivity to light or sound, nausea and vomiting, blurred vision, and aura. These attacks are recurrent and can last anywhere from hours to days.  For more interesting statistics on migraine, you can visit; Newswise;Pixabay


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