Crying as a Migraine Trigger
In a previous post I mentioned how, at times, it seems as if crying a little bit will help ease the pressure in my head.
Crying versus sobbing
I’m not sure if that’s a real phenomenon or an imagined one, but there’s one tear-related thing I know triggers a migraine for me: really hard sobbing.
While I cry at the drop of a hat (a Hallmark commercial or a bad movie will sometimes get me faster than real-life sadness will!), I don’t often have long sob-fests as I did when I was a kid or a hormone-filled teenager.
My grief led to sobbing
Cue the grave illness of my sweet baby cat and her death a few weeks later, and things changed: I felt (and occasionally feel) the inconsolable sobs that I’d not experienced in many years. After Wally’s initial heart disease diagnosis but before her death, I was crying a lot but mainly holding it together, tear-wise. My mind was not in the bookstore very well, which was difficult as the Christmas holiday shopping season was fast approaching and I needed to be at my job many hours a day. But when Wally died the first week of December, I started to sob and felt I barely stopped for days. Being at work helped since I could immerse myself in distraction, but being at home where I was constantly reminded of her absence just led to more tears.
A storm of triggers led to migraine
Of course, many things contributed to my few days of migraine in early December — a migraine is often the result of a perfect storm of triggers, as we well know. But I can say for sure that sobbing over Wally’s death pushed my slight discomfort into full migraine territory. My nasal passages got all stuffed up and my eyes were so puffy I didn’t quite look like myself. Jim continually encouraged me to try to calm down, especially because I was working myself up and increasing the chances of a full-fledged migraine. But it was hard to stop.
Things are better now
Things are a little better now — yesterday I went a whole day without crying over Walls (with the exception of some teary-eyed moments). It seems to be getting better, but I know I’ll always miss her.
How about you?
Have you ever cried so hard you triggered a migraine? And/or has the stress of losing someone close to you spun you into a migraine episode?
Have you noticed something that used to trigger your migraine no longer does?