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Can Stress and Emotions Trigger Migraines?

In the wake of the terrible tragedy in Las Vegas and other recent news events, so many people are finding it difficult to turn “off” the negative news we are constantly bombarded with.

The world isn’t falling apart, but it can sure feel like it. The news can be violent, depressing and emotionally-charged.

So it begs the question — Can all of the stress and emotions we’re feeling trigger a migraine?

The Stress-Migraine Connection

Scientists believe that when you’re under stress, levels of certain molecules and hormones may go up or down. In some people, these changes could trigger a migraine. For some folks, stress is a direct trigger of migraines. For others, it may simply make you more likely to get an attack brought on by other triggers, such as foods or smells.

Types of Stress That Can Trigger Migraines

Studies show that many different types of stress or intense emotions are linked to migraine. Anxiety, excitement, tension, and shock are some prime examples.

Some stressful situations that may trigger your migraine are:

  • Tension at work
  • Marriage or relationship problems
  • Unemployment, financial problems, or low income
  • Childhood trauma, including your parents’ divorce, physical abuse, or hospital stays
  • Anxiety, tension, and nervousness
  • Life changes, such as having a baby, switching jobs, or moving to a new home
  • Juggling responsibilities or struggling to balance work and life
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress about your surroundings, such as loud noises or harsh lights
  • New routines or travel

Keep Track of Your Migraines

Research shows that a stressful event or a particularly stressful day often occurs 2 to 3 days before a migraine attack. To see if this is true for you, keep a migraine diary. Over the course of a few months, it can help you find patterns in when you get headaches and help you pinpoint what kinds of stress make it more likely for you get them.

Southern California Migraine Treatment

Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.