Stress Leads To More Frequent Headaches

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Some days scientific discoveries are more surprising than others. It certainly isn’t a shock to most that stress tends to cause more headaches, but a study from Germany has finally confirmed the belief.

The team surveyed 5,159 people between the ages of 21 and 71 about their stress levels and how frequently they suffer from headaches. When analyzed, it was clear that an increase in stress was linked to a higher number of headaches experienced in a month.

Stress was associated with greater numbers of every type of headache, including migraines and less-easily classified types of headaches. However, tension headaches were the most likely to have the most negative effects.

“These results show that this is a problem for everyone who suffers from headaches and emphasize the importance of stress management approaches for people with migraine and those who treat them,” study author Dr. Sara H. Schramm explained. “The results add weight to the concept that stress can be a factor contributing to the onset of headache disorders, that it accelerates the progression to chronic headache, exacerbates headache episodes, and that the headache experience itself can serve as a stressor.”

Reporter Brook Hays from UPI says the team from the University Hospital of Duisburg-Essen controlled for outside factors that are prone to increasing headache frequency, including behaviors like alcohol, smoking, or frequently taking headache medicine. The study has yet to be published, but is slated to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia later this year.

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