The Impact of Stress On Headaches & Migraines

  • Topic Info:Everyone has stress on a daily basis, but studies have indicated that high levels of stress increase the occurrence of headaches and migraines.

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), headaches are one of the most common nervous system disorders; around 47% of the global adult population has had headaches at least once within the last year. And, the study authors say around 12% of the Western population experiences migraine attacks.

    How does stress affect your mind and body?

    When you're constantly stressed, it may seem like you are always on the edge. Your body gets wired from adrenaline, causing your blood pressure to rise and the inability to fall asleep. Your body will eventually crash from this adrenaline high, and when it does, you begin to realize the hidden consequences of stress.

    If you're struggling to find some stress relief that doesn't include any medication, try attending a yoga class, do breathing exercises or find a place that calms you. However, if the stress is producing headaches which causes you even more stress, migraine medicine can help.

    What are some ways you can try to prevent headaches, as well as other ways to prevent stress?

    Professor of Neurology and Director of the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University, Stephan Silberstein, MD, discusses the correlation between stress and your headaches and ways to address the pain.
  • Host: Melanie Cole, MS