Migraines vs. Anxiety
Most people tend to experience migraines on a daily basis, but little do they realize that due to having these migraines, it can create a generalized anxiety. As a man who gets migraines on a weekly basis, I can completely understand how people connect migraines with generalized anxiety. I too have generalized anxiety, and it is not an easy thing to deal with. When I have a migraine, it feels like i have a knife stabbing into a portion of my head constantly, for hours on end. When this happens to me, it makes it impossible for me to do anything. Having the lights on makes the migraine feel worse, and even the softest of noises sounds like someone is yelling and makes it feel like someone is digging the knife into my head even deeper. When feeling that type of pain, it feels almost impossible to move, never mind trying to go to work, school, or trying to clean the house. Not being able to do these things, makes your head hurt more because you're stressing out over everything that is going to need to be done after the migraine finally goes away. Sometimes a migraine can even last days, which makes you feel really behind.
As I was reading an article on the connection between migraines and generalized anxiety, I had learned a lot of new information on this issue I tend to deal with on a weekly basis. University of Toronto did a research that shows that 6 percent of people with generalized anxiety also would get migraines verses the 2 percent of people who don't get migraines but still have generalized anxiety. What really surprised me was how the study discovered that men with migraines have twice the risk of having this anxiety than women with migraines. One of the co-author's, Senyo Agbeyaka, had explained that even though women have a larger chance to be diagnosed with generalized anxiety in the general population, it is because men are less likely than women to take medication to treat the migraine. This will cause the disorder to possibly become more painful and less controllable, which will eventually lead to anxiety.
In my case, I tend to stay as hydrated as possible to keep away my migraines at all costs. If that does not help, I would see a doctor and get treated, even if it means taking medicine. It is better off to take medicine to help the migraine than it is not to take medicine, because then it could cause the migraine to get worse, and eventually lead you into having anxiety.
Posted by: Givenchy Humes (B)