Migraine

Could Emotional Stimuli Be An Underlying Cause Of Your Migraines?

Do you currently feel like you are hitting a brick wall when it comes to beating your migraines? Are you trying new treatment after new treatment but yet again nothing seems to work?

If this is the case then there may be something going on deeper beneath the surface that keeps holding you back from breaking free from your migraines.

Meet emotional stimuli.

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Firstly what is emotional stimuli? Well it’s simply any object, event or energy change that elicits a sensory or behavioural response in ourselves. Examples of emotional stimuli could be such things as a change in mood due to a conversation you had with a family member that upset you or feeling overwhelmingly happy due to some great news you recieve.

Whatever emotion it is, fear, anger, joy, sadness, elation, guilt or shame this could be the unconscious cause of your pain without you even realising this. I will give you a personal example of this happening for me.

So during the period of my illness I have felt like a financial burden to my husband who has been supporting me throughout every treatment and turn I take in this journey. It used to fill me with dread every time I had to use our joint account to buy even a few items from the supermarket and anything bigger would give me pangs of guilt and shame due to the fact that I no longer could support myself.

As I continued to struggled with my health, my physiotherapist advised I needed up to 10 more sessions to continue my treatment, however I then later found out that my insurance would no longer be able to cover these sessions. When this realisation hit me I was in pieces . How on earth could I ask my husband to pay for 10 very costly physio sessions? I just couldn’t.

However after talking this through with my incredible, friend and mentor Anthony Cocco who has also beaten chronic migraines, he made me realise how this daily emotional battle I was having with myself over something so small as a pint of milk (almond of course) was causing me physical pain.

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After breaking this down and realising that I am still a great wife even if I cannot contribute financially, I released all that guilt, shame and subconscious tension I had been holding.

As a result it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I could literally breathe again. Instantly my shoulders dropped about an inch from my ear and my headache felt ten times better.

So what I have learnt as I progress further and further on this journey back to health is that nine times out of ten subconsciously there is so much more going on for us underneath the surface that could be causing us physical pain, and emotional stimuli is definitely one of them!

Of course we cannot go through life not feeling any emotions as that’s not how life works, however to help ourselves we need to examine if emotional stimuli is there always on a subconscious level like it was for me all the time and also when those heightened emotions hit, we need to protect ourselves from feeling the extremes of these emotions as it does absolutely no good for our head.

As Anthony Cocco perfectly explains it, we need to “try not to get too high on the highs and too low on the lows” as that reaction to emotional stimuli is enough to without a doubt, cause you a headache.

How do you think emotional stimuli impacts your headaches? I would love to hear from you.

 #Emotions #Healing #Health #Subconscious #Headaches #Mind

 

 

 

7 comments

  1. What type of doctor/therapist did/do you see for Migraines, other then a Neurologist? I am going to try Acupuncture next week.
    Yes, I am sure emotional stress can be a factor, however, so can hormones, weather,foods,environment, etc. Makes it tough on which road to try next.

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    1. Hello, So to become migraine free I did it all myself with the help of some holistic therapies such a a physiotherapist and chiropractor. Acupuncture can defiantly work for some people so worth giving it a go.

      I spent time reading and educating myself on nutrition, the mind body relationship, meditation and reducing stress. This combined along with identifying food triggers got rid of my migraines for me but to honest, it wasn’t a doctor that did it for me. I found when I practiced all those things and started eating a whole foods plant-based diet my headaches reduced.

      I agree, migraines happen for many reason so for me it was just working through them one by one and found out what worked for me and what didn’t.

      4 years of doctors and neurologists were absolutely no use. If you do want to see someone else though I would highly suggest seeing a functional medicine doctor as they look at the root of the problem and help you address this.

      I know it seems like a minefield but you will get there, I promise. Keep going and listening to your body. Let me know if I can help with anything.

      All the best

      Kristie

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