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Which Comes First — The Migraine or the Anxiety (About the Migraine)?

We know that migraine is linked to depression, anxiety, OCD, and other disorders. The big question, however, remains: Which comes first, the headache or the disorder? The fear associated with headaches is so common, so powerful, that it in itself has become its own disorder. It’s called cephalalgiaphobia – the fear of headache.

A recent analysis in The Journal of Headache and Pain reported on a small study where the objective was to examine the relationship between cephalalgiaphobia and migraine frequency, as well as medication overuse as a result of headache anticipation.

From 120 patients and two years of study, the results indicate that patients prone to higher frequencies of cephalalgiaphobia could increase headache occurrences and in turn, overuse of painkillers.

Pain experts advise that the fear of headaches creates a ‘chicken or egg’ scenario. To combat this fear, the first step is to become self-aware. If you notice mood symptoms as a result of the fear of a headache onset and you see it affecting your everyday quality of life, share your concerns with your pain management provider. By telling us at Pasadena Pain Management, we can strategize a plan to deal with your head pain and migraine you are not only empowering yourself, but also treating the symptoms.

To treat your headaches drug-free, contact Pasadena Pain Management for a FREE CONSULTATION.