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This topic was in the migraine section but as you'll see, I believe it has strong links to anxiety.
Here’s my take on the causes of migraines – adrenaline!
I started suffering migraines at the onset of puberty which suggests to me there is a link to hormones (adrenaline?). Most of my migraines occurred during exercise. What is released during exercise – adrenaline.
Later I discovered that my tongue would become sore when I ate oranges. My body was reacting to something in the oranges because I am allergic to them. What is the bodies natural response to an allergy, it releases adrenaline.
I have suffered from anxiety for no apparant reason for as long as I can remember basically always feeling anxious and biting my nails. People who suffer migraines are 3 times more likely to suffer anxiety/depression. Why do I suffer anxiety because I believe my body has a genetic tendancy to either over produce adrenaline or does not break down adrenaline properly which means I have excessive amounts of adrenaline running round my body which keeps your body in a constant state of fight or flight which over time leads to anxiety and for some people depression.
Seeing my daughter suffering in the same way, I sought help (45yrs) took a course of anti-depressants and tried CBT. Having had no migraines for 3 years (avoiding oranges like the plague), I suffered 8 migraines in 5 weeks and came off the anti-depressants (which incidently made no difference to the anxiety). Why did I suffer migraines, I suspect the antidepressants caused me to release excessive amounts of adrenaline. I have now started a course of propranolol which is for anxiety and controls the release of adrenaline. I’ve only taken 2 tablets so far but no nail biting since I took the first tablet last night.
Does it not say it all but propranolol, which is used to reduce anxiety, is prescribed as a preventative medication for people who suffer migraines. Incidently, I had excellent results when I tried St Johns Wort, however, my GP was against it because it is not controlled so there is no guarantee of it’s strength or quality.
I really hope this will help others, I am no medical professional and only talk from my own experience and research.
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