Does stress cause headaches?
In his presentation at the 2019 Mississippi Headache Symposium, Dr. Christopher Gottschalk of Yale Medicine walked through a number of myths about headache and migraine.
One of those myths is the idea that stress causes headaches. There’s a better way of explaining the relation between your “triggers” and the onset of a headache. There’s evidence that triggers can warn you that a headache is coming; stress, confusion and a little depression could be a symptom of a headache, not a cause.
Knowing this can make you a more accurate predictor of the onset of migraine, which means you can take steps to manage that headache, instead of living “in a black box,” as Dr. Gottschalk calls it, hoping that you don’t encounter any “triggers.”