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   Posted 1/30/2008 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
i get terrible headaches when i am having arguements with my spouse or generally when i am stressed out,do i need consult doc or its just frazzled nerves?

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   Posted 2/3/2008 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
With my headaches it has been a rollercoaster of emotions and i realised how my emotions played a major role on how i cope with it. I had been recommended by a psychologist to get the book called 'Cognitive behaviour therapy for Dummies'  by Rob Willson and Rhena Branch. This teaches you how to deal with ur thoughts and emotions when in stressful situations. i have headaches constantly and it sure has helped me to deal with them better. it soundsd like this sort of book will help u out a great deal. maybe u could also go to a doc for anti-anxiety meds to help u in times of severe stress

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   Posted 2/3/2008 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
thx timur ,i would certainly get the book you suggested ,keep me posted .
Happiness is not the absence of problems; but the ability to deal with them." Jack Brown

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   Posted 2/7/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi - I was interested to see your post - tho sorry you have to deal with this. I have tension type headaches frequently and can't take most OTC pain meds because I'm allergic to them. Problem is, the tension headaches can morph into a migraine if I don't deal with them.

I don't know if you get migraines as well, but latest thinking is that stress is not a trigger for migraine exactly, but makes us more vulnerable to other triggers. I know for me, I will get a migraine where the only thing I'm aware of is the stress - and usually the tension headache first. The best thing I've found is to practice regular deep breathing and relaxation techniques. I'm writing more about that at my blog: www.meganoltmanfreemybrain.typepad.com if you want to read it. I worked with Dr. Ian Livingstone - the neurologist who wrote "Breaking the Headache Cycle" - another really good book and it has lots of relaxation techniques in it.

Good luck to you!

- Megan
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