Stress, COVID-19, and Migraine... how do you cope?

Stress, COVID-19, and Migraine... how do you cope?

Stress, COVID-19, and Migraine... how do you cope?

Everyone feels stressed from time to time, but what do you do when it is worsened and prolonged by a pandemic?

We have faced a unique worldwide event that has surely increased stress for everyone in America.  Whether related to having to work from home, scramble for child care, or struggle through e-learning, most of us have had to make major adjustments to our lives in the past 2 months. These changes could have triggered physical, emotional, and/or financial stress. In turn, that stress may have increased physical pain symptoms such as headache or migraine.

When you are stressed, the body tenses up, which activates the “fight or flight” response in your body. You must learn how to produce a relaxation response to maximize the release of brain signals to the muscles and tell them to relax. You may have medications from your provider to enhance this response as well. Unfortunately, you may have missed regularly scheduled treatments due to closures and limited hours at the Boston Headache Institute. This can be addressed to help get your headaches or migraine under control once again.

First, talk to your family about the symptoms you are experiencing. They may be able to change behaviors that help to reduce your stress or share in the experience. Reach out to the Boston Headache Institute to discuss treatment options and anticipated dates for reopening to regular hours and treatments. Finally, practice stress relieving techniques such as exercise, deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.

If your stress level is triggering more migraine, we can help! If you think you suffer from migraine, the Boston Headache Institute at Boston PainCare can help you correctly diagnose and relieve your migraine pain. The Boston Headache Institute is accepting new patients -- even now during the COVID 19 pandemic. If you have a headache that does not get better with over the counter medications or you are experiencing additional symptoms such as sensitivity to light or sound or smells, please call for an appointment at (781) 895-7940.

If you are a current migraine sufferer, please take note of our upcoming migraine clinical trials at our MedVadis Research partner site or call them at (617) 875-0962 and ask for Dr. Counihan.

Lisa Fadden

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