Stress and Aches


Could higher stress levels lead to more headaches?  Maybe so.

CBS news writer, Michelle Castillo, is reporting on a new German study that showed that people who have more headaches are also more likely to have high levels of stress.

The study’s authors say headache sufferers may want to learn relaxation techniques like deep breathing.

Study author, Dr. Sara H. Schramm, says, “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 migraines and those who treat them.”

Researchers interviewed 5,000 people between the ages of 21 to 71 over the course of two years, asking them about their stress levels and the number of headaches they experienced.

About a third of the one-third of the participants said they’d had a tension-type headache for one or more days in a given month.

That’s the most common kind of headache that feels like a tightness or pressure on the forehead or the back of the neck. Those people scored an average of 52 out of 100 on a stress scale.

The migraine sufferers scored an average of 62 on the stress scale, and said they experienced pain for an average of four days per month.

The researchers found a clear correlation between more stress and more headaches per month.

For every 10-point increase on the stress scale, tension-headache sufferers experienced 3.3 hours more of headaches each month.  Migraine sufferers reported 4.6 extra headache hours per month.

If you’ve been experiencing a lot of stress in your life, let me recommend an excellent book that will help you.  It’s called Adrenaline and Stress by Dr. Archibald Hart.


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