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How do you know if stress is triggering your migraine?

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Research shows that a stressful event or a particularly stressful day often occurs two to three 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.

SOURCES:

Genes, Brains and Behavior : "Variants in the CNR1 gene predispose to headache with nausea in the presence of life stress."

Headache : "The Stress and Migraine Interaction."

Stress : "Endocannabinoids and stress."

International Journal of Women's Health : "Migraine: is it related to hormonal disturbances or stress?"

American Institute of Stress: "Stress Effects."

The Migraine Trust: "Common triggers," "Keeping a Migraine Diary."

BioPsychoSocial Medicine : "Stress and psychological factors before a migraine attack: A time-based analysis."

American Psychological Association: "Five tips to help manage stress."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Genes, Brains and Behavior : "Variants in the CNR1 gene predispose to headache with nausea in the presence of life stress."

Headache : "The Stress and Migraine Interaction."

Stress : "Endocannabinoids and stress."

International Journal of Women's Health : "Migraine: is it related to hormonal disturbances or stress?"

American Institute of Stress: "Stress Effects."

The Migraine Trust: "Common triggers," "Keeping a Migraine Diary."

BioPsychoSocial Medicine : "Stress and psychological factors before a migraine attack: A time-based analysis."

American Psychological Association: "Five tips to help manage stress."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 5, 2019

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