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What are some stressful situations that may trigger your migraine?

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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
  • Changes in your life, 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

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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