Talk about adding insult to injury: One in six sufferers in the survey reported also getting restless leg syndrome during a migraine attack. RLS is a neurological condition characterized by a nearly irresistible urge to move your legs and most often occurs when you’re trying to fall asleep, according to the National Institutes of Health. It may also cause your legs to feel like they’re throbbing, creeping, or prickling. So just in case your migraine wasn’t enough to keep you awake, now your legs are rebelling too. Don’t miss these reasons why you have a migraine.
Your love life
Nearly 90 percent of sufferers said their migraines hurt their relationship with their partner. Migraines can cause an increased burden on caregivers—a fact which migraine sufferers know all to well and often feel terrible about—and they can cause the sufferer to withdraw from physical and emotional contact, as even those types of loving stimuli may worsen the pain. (Nearly 70 percent reported that perfume or cologne could trigger a migraine, for example.) This is doubly unfortunate as feeling loved and having sex can help mitigate the pain; one study found that a third of migraine sufferers experienced relief from their symptoms during sex. Watch out for these 6 sneaky warning signs of a migraine and how to stop them!
Your mental health
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You know what’s depressing? Pain. You know what’s really depressing? Chronic pain. Migraines and depression create a vicious cycle where the head pain can make the patient depressed and then the depression can exacerbate the pain, according to research published in Neurology Times. Anxiety is also related to migraines, with sufferers reporting that they worried constantly about when another migraine might occur—a particularly poignant problem as the research also found that stress from anxiety is a major trigger of migraines.