If you've suspected that more stress means more headaches, new research supports you.
Between 2010 and 2012 nearly 5200 men and women aged 21 to 71 were polled 4 times a year for 2 years.
A cross-referencing of responses demonstrated a clear association between increased stress and the number of headaches per month. Even after accounting for variables such as drinking, smoking, and pain medication usage the experts found that for every 10-point bump in stress, monthly tension headache frequency rose more than 6%. Migraine and combo headaches went up by roughly 4%.
The researchers say these findings suggest that stress management could be critical to helping cut back headache risk.
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