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The Impact of Stress With Your Headaches and Migraines

June 16, 20149 min
Is your stress the reason for your dreadful headache?Everyone has stress on a daily basis, but studies have indicated that high levels of stress increase the occurrences of headaches and migraines. The study findings are due to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, in April.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), headaches are one of the most common nervous system disorders; around 47% of the global adult population has had headaches at least once within the last year. And the study authors say around 12% of the Western population experience migraine attacksHow does stress affect your mind and body?When you're constantly stressed, it may seem like you are always on the edge. Your body gets wired from adrenaline causing you to have high blood pressure and the inability to fall asleep. Your body will eventually crash from this adrenaline high, and when it does this is when you begin to reap the hidden consequences of stress.If you're struggling to find some stress relief before you take any medication try attending a yoga class, do breathing exercises or find a place that calms you down. However, if the stress is producing headaches that's causing more stress, migraine medicine can help.What are some ways that you can try to prevent headaches and other ways to prevent stress?Professor of Neurology and Director of the Jefferson Headache Center and the Director of Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University, Stephan Silberstein, MD discusses the correlation between stress and your headaches.

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