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Stress is not my trigger!

  • By ZSharon

    I have a good support group in my life. HOWEVER, whenever I get a migraine, most of them ask me about the stresses in my life. I’ve tried explaining that stress isn’t a trigger (although relief from stress is). My family physician points to stresses in my life too! Thankfully, my neurologist knows better.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi ZSharon,

    Thanks for sharing, Sharon. There is controversy whether or not stress is a migraine trigger. I believe for some people, stress is a trigger, while others not so much. Here are a few articles on stress and migraine; https://migraine.com/blog/your-worst-migraine-triggers-stress-really/ and https://migraine.com/blog/stress-trigger/.

    To confirm your thoughts that relief from stress can be a triggers, take a look at this information; https://migraine.com/blog/let-down-migraines/.

    Nancy

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  • By Anne

    I feel your pain – literally! Stress is not a trigger for me either – weather is my primary trigger. My neurologist made me take yoga therapy before he would give me botox for migraines. It’s so annoying. I think it’s just another form of patient shaming – putting the blame on the patient because they can’t figure out the real trigger. There is so much the medical community doesn’t know about migraines – it’s not just a headache.

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