How does stress affect migraines and can it cause a stroke?

2 answers | Last updated: Sep 11, 2016
Smittyplace asked...

I'm 54 years old and suffered with migraines for roughly 20 years. In the past year I've been under tremendous stress at work and had a heart episode (coronary artery vasospasm) at work. My migraines increased and had a MRI and the doctor told me I had a lacunar infarction (small stroke) but he didn't know when. I am out of work on FMLA and looking to try and get worker's compensation but not sure how stress has played a role with the stroke but I know for sure how it's affected my heart as I get a lot of chest pain, some hot episodes (high blood pressure) and palpitations. I'm curious to know if others have gone through something like this and what can I do to turn the tables on my health. I'm a non-smoker, weigh about 155, and in good shape as I work out. I do have sever Mitral Valve Prolapse with regurge and very symptomatic. Any words of advice and information would be greatly appreciated.



Community Answers

Rosar answered...

Hello, Thank you for your question. Here are a few resources that you may find helpful: https://www.caring.com/questions/ive-had-migraine-headaches-for-29-years-but-lately-they. You may also want to speak with your doctor or medical professional.


Rwhittier59 answered...

Cut your salt intake!