Migraines migraines; the main one being stress

Migraines are frequent headaches
accompanied by pain that may last several hours. They are seen to disrupt an individual’s
emotional and physical health. There is no treatment that can completely get
rid of migraines, but they can be minimized by treating the factors that play a
role in causing migraines; the main one being stress (Hashizume 2). In a study conducted
in 2008, researchers were trying to figure out if the relationship between stress
and migraines was only specific to migraines and if time was also attributed. They
then compared their results with data that had already been reported in the US.
They gathered 16 Japanese people, who suffered from migraines, to participate
in the study, and were asked to keep note of their daily stress (daily hassles
and stressful events) and other psychological factors preceding, during, and
after a migraine headache. They took note of everything four times a day for a
period of two weeks. The results showed that stress from daily hassles seen a
few days prior to a migraine did, in fact, play a part in the incidence of migraines.
The mean incidence of migraine attacks was 1.6 ± 1.4 (Hashizume 4). This means
that the average number of migraines that the participants encountered was 1.6 with
a deviation of 1.4 because some participants did not experience headaches,
while others experienced too many. For the statistical analyses of data
obtained, the mean was the most useful measure for this study. They took the
average age of participants and the average frequency of migraine occurrence
for the days before, during, and after a migraine. They used this data to find the
relationship between the different types of stress and the time of the migraine
cycle in which they occurred. With the help of the mean statistics, the
researchers were able to find the time of the cycle in which stress was most
prevalent and how it relates to migraines. Furthermore, they concluded that the
average occurrence of migraines observed in the participants was less than the
data reported from the US, and that stress from daily hassles preceding the headache
was affecting the onset of migraines, with a mean of 11.8 ± 2.6, being the
highest in comparison to other forms of stress and other time periods
(Hashizume 6).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hashizume,
M., Yamada, U., Sato, A., Hayashi, K., Amano, Y., Makino, M., … & Tsuboi,
K. (2008). Stress and psychological factors before a migraine attack: A
time-based analysis. BioPsychoSocial medicine, 2(1), 14.