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When Stress Relief is More Painful Than Stress Itself

Anxiety is often considered a migraine trigger, but many migraineurs realize that the release of anxiety is an even larger cause than the stress itself.

Reduced Pressure Can Become a Huge Migraine Trigger

Consider this: You make it through final exams without a migraine attack, but when they are finished you, find yourself curled up in a darkened, quiet room due to a migraine.

This is the scenario that’s so common among people who get “let-down” migraines. According to findings published in the journal Neurology, in the first six hours of reduced anxiety, an individual’s risk of getting a migraine increases by almost five times. The let-down effect lasts around 24 hours.

Why Let-Down Headaches Occur

Doctors speculate that”let-down” migraines occur because the hormone cortisol increases during stress and reduces pain. Cortisol acts as a type of defense during stressful periods. The hormone’s levels fall when stress is released, which also reduces its protective effect and leaves one open to a migraine attack.

It is almost impossible to avoid stress altogether, but learning how to handle it might be the secret to reducing let-down migraines. Be mindful of increasing stress levels and try to relax during those trying periods — mild yoga, exercise, or short walk can help. Doctors say that if your stress levels get really high, relaxing slowly instead of all at once might keep”let-down” migraines .

Get Help Managing Your Migraines

Do you want help managing chronic or intermittent migraines? Contact Pasadena Pain Management for FREE migraine trigger test and also to see whether you’re a candidate for the revolutionary TruDenta® therapy.

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About Pasadena Pain Management

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.