October 25, 2010
Welcome to the Stress Migraine Forum
Amrita Bhowmick, MPH
December 29, 2011
Hi Gregory, Stress is a commonly discussed trigger in our community, however most of the discussion has taken place on the Facebook wall and within the Migraine.com Blog. You can view some posts on stress & migraine, as well as the discussion (at the bottom of each article) here: (1) https://migraine.com/blog/expert-featured-article/expert-review-stress-and-migraines/ (2) https://migraine.com/blog/your-worst-migraine-triggers-stress-really/ (3) https://migraine.com/blog/living-with-migraine/how-can-i-manage-other-triggers-such-as-stress-and-environmental-changes/
December 29, 2011
Yes, there is debate about whether stress itself is a trigger. My main point about this is that we do ourselves a great disservice if we just accept stress as a trigger without looking for underlying triggers that may be avoidable. I thought stress was a trigger until someone challenged me to keep a very detailed diary during stressful periods. What that diary revealed was that stress itself was NOT my trigger. My triggers were things that I do or don't do during stressful times - skipping meals, not sleeping well, not drinking enough and getting dehydrated.
See what I mean?
December 31, 2011
For me, it's when the stress stops that the migraine hits. More than once, i've felt a migraine coming on,and had something freak me out (my very old dog had a stroke and needed emergency care) and the headache will disappear at least for the duration of the stress situation.
January 2, 2012
I am parent to 14 yr old male migraineur with 8 yrs with migraine. The last year or so of charting migraine has shown 2 things. Onset is between 6-7:00 am, and Monday and Friday are the leading days by far. Not one weekend day in last 6 months including the summer. Our conclusion is that stress from school is triggering migraine in the "vicious circle" cycle. The average 2x weekly migraines and subsequent next day hangover basically blot out 3-4 school days a week. No matter what he does to keep up, he simply gets worn out trying to maintain. To that end we are initating biofeedback with a professional so my son can learn to better regulate his response to the migraine cycle. Obviously, no preventative has been successful over the years yet. But stress or its result, like the chicken and the egg, seems to be the current culprit for trigger.