increased frequency of migraines

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   Posted 6/7/2007 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new here and just need some help! I have had panic/anxiety problems for 16 yrs.  Have been on xanax for about 10 yrs. off and on.  Am now on .5 mb 3x a day.  I started having migraines about 12 yrs. ago. Had them about every 6-8 months.  Not too bad, But worse b/c of the p/a problems.  Didn't have them for several yrs. and now they have come back much more frequent.  I am almost 35 yrs. old. I am extremely anemic from fibroid tumors (hemoglobin count usually runs around 7-8).  I am also a stressed out nervous wreck They seem to come right around a big stressful event. But they never used to.  I would just have a panic attack.  now it is a migraine.  the headaches arent bad jsut the aura before freaks me out.  plus i am a why person.   i want all of the answers.  My husband says its stress.  would stress and anxiety and the anemia really cause them to increase in frequency? thanks so much for your help.

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   Posted 6/10/2007 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stressedmomof3,

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry to hear that you are having a rough time! I am afraid that stress can intensify your attacks and it can also make attacks more frequent.

Are you being treated for your Panic Attacks? I know it is difficult, but try not to let the 'aura' trouble you, as it is all part of the attack. Keep telling yourself that it will pass, very easy for me to say I know, but positive self-talk will help you overcome some of your anxiety.

Hang in there, take care

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   Posted 6/14/2007 6:17 AM (GMT -6)   

You need help for your anxiety. You may be having seratonin headaches. I used to have horrible anxiety and panic attacks along with headaches almost on a daily basis. I eventually was put on the drug Paxil, and I became a totally new person. My headaches went completely away and my anxiety is tremendously better. I rarely have anxiety attacks now. Just a thought on what might help you.

You you get better.

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 6/22/2007 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
hi stressedmomof3, hope you are feeling better today. i know what you mean about the migranines and panic attacks. i too suffer from panic and migraine attacks. migraines since 12years old on and off, i am 43 yrs now. anxiety and panic attacks 14 yrs. i have noticed a pattern. before menestration anxiety and panic attacks are worse. and thats when the migraines kick in few days before, during or few days after period. i get the auraus too and they totally freak me out. it would freak me out so bad that i would get a panic attack on top of the migraine. i have kept a journal of all my attacks and migraines and periods. they all seem to get worse around period time. maybe you should see if this is part of your problem. yes you need to stay calm when the migraines or panic comes. i try to talk my self out and try to stay calm, i have to or i will be worse.remember that you will get thru it, like hundreds of other people do. you have to be strong for your self and your family. hope this helped. talk soon....take care
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