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What kinds of stress can cause a migraine attack?

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Studies show that many different types of stress or intense emotions are linked to migraine. Anxiety, excitement, tension, and shock are some prime examples.

Some people say they get migraine when their stress eases. They're sometimes called "weekend headaches" or “letdown migraine” because they might show up on a relaxing Saturday or Sunday at home after a stressful week at work.

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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