Election Season = Migraine Season
No matter whether you are a democrat, republican, independent or libertarian, this election season has surely presented a unique experience for all of us. For nearly two years, and for a myriad of reasons, it feels as if we have been on a dizzying and at times nauseating roller coaster ride. The stakes are high and so are the emotions of those who follow the race closely.
With healthcare being a central point of contention, those of us with migraines might be paying especially close attention: we have a pre-existing condition that might affect health care coverage, after all. And for those of us on disability, we might be particularly interested in how our benefits might be impacted. Like I said, the stakes are high.
With the polls being so close and topsy and turvy, it is clear that our nation is divided. For those of us with migraines triggered by stress, the last many months might’ve led to an increase in pain. Personally, I have felt caught up in the twists and turns of this election season which has led to a level of obsession and worry that’s caused me to lose sleep. Of course the result of a change in sleep pattern for many of us with migraines means more migraines.
Unfortunately, our political climate has become quite hostile these days. So, when we encounter someone rooting for another candidate, we might feel as if our entire belief system is being questioned or confronted. Healthy and respectful discourse is not always being modeled between the candidates, and exchanges between family members or friends with opposing viewpoints sometimes seem to follow suit. Conversations can get quickly heated and turn into personal attacks. When stress is a trigger, it is precisely these kinds of interactions that can start a migraine.
When was your last migraine check-up?