Does anyone else get a resurgence in migraines during periods of high anxiety? I was severely bullied for 3 years as a kid and had about 8 years of total bullying. I remember when the bullying started that’s when my chronic headaches and migraines started.
When I go through similar situations today, I noticed my migraines get really bad and am working with a therapist to establish healthy boundaries in my life.
I know some of these posts are old but I got very riled up reading them. To think that some jerk bullying you triggered migraines- like we don’t have enough to worry about. I’m very sorry for your experiences and hope you were able to get away from those toxic situations.
Absolutely! I find anxiety, and any other forms of acute stress, to be huge triggers for me. It’s like a 1 – 2 punch, first the grip of anxiety and then the migraine. Not fair at all. The only thing I can say about this trigger is that it’s more in your control than something like the weather. As lame as it may sound try to practice your breathing. During an attack isn’t the ideal time to practice 🙂 been there! Find a few times during the day to practice deep breathing and do it every day until you get good at it. I’ve had a therapist and physical therapist help me along the way but now there are apps that help. Just counting to 4 breathing in then 4 breathing out can do it, too. What I have found helps me is that over time I got good at it from practice and then when I needed it, it was there for me to use. It didn’t’ work the first time but eventually it started to work for me. The first time it worked I felt great because I had done it and just by breathing. You can do it too.
Before I forget – my awesome therapist at the time said something life changing but simple. Everyone said to me “just relax, just breathe”. That’s not what I’m saying. (I hated when people said that.) She told me “yes, you are having an anxiety attack, accept it. what’s the worst that can happen?” I said “pass out?”. We agreed. There was something powerful in accepting what was happening instead of fighting against it.
I am so sorry you have had bullies in your life. I don’t know if there’s anything I hate more than a bully. I hope it’s behind you. Focus on you. I hope some of this helps. If not just please accept my peace and love. We all need it to get through this life with migraine. Some days I think it will never end. Just keep breathing. 🙂