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Anxiety Symptoms and Migraine Headaches - Are They Related

May 4, 2008
Those people that suffer with the very powerful headaches often referred to as 'a migraine' may well have started having them when they were in their childhood or around puberty. Left untreated, an attack can force the person to have bed rest but normally the intense pain starts to subside within a few hours. Not only is the victim in pain but they can be physically exhausted after the attack.

Medical science still hasn't discovered why there can be such long periods without a headache for some people and not others. Many of the symptoms experienced by sufferers are closely connected to other everyday illnesses. Migraine can affect people from as young as ten and up to the age of forty; almost no cases are recorded after the age of 50.

It is quite common for members of the same family group to suffer with migraine attacks; even though there may be a link, so far it has eluded medical science.

Science cannot as yet explain why this condition is more likely to affect women than men but women have a three times greater chance of having the condition than men; one in every 4 women will be a victim of it, whilst only 1 in 12 men will suffer with it at some point in their life.

Migraine with aura is a symptom where some sufferers are able to predict an attack up to half an hour before it happens. There are many warning indicators of the attack:

Feeling Sick

Problems with vision

Reduction in the sensations of taste

Lack of sensation in sufferers extremities

Many other symptoms exist but these appear to common with most people. Migraine without aura however, is the most prevalent type and may take place only in one area of the head; this condition can escalate and is made worse by any movement, loud noises and bright lights which can cause the person to vomit.

The exact reason for having migraine is not clear and yet to be discovered but one assumption is that the blood vessels in areas of the brain become narrower which may be the explanation for the aura.

It might be that it is the expansion of the blood vessels afterwards that causes the headache; however, all suffers say the attack knocks them out and they are unable to carry out even the most simple of daily tasks. As there are so many situations that could trigger an attack, only a few are listed here:

Bad weather

Anxiety symptoms

Symptoms of anxiety

Being at great height

Specific kinds of drinks

Powerful bright lighting

Not enough food

Tension

Only by carefully documenting everything that was going on prior to the attack can the victim hope to find out what starts the attacks off.
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Wendy manages an anxiety symptoms site to discover real life tips on how to handle panic and anxiety attack symptoms, and offers some useful guidance on how best to deal with it.
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