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Stress as a trigger for headaches: relationship between exposure and sensitivity.
Anxiety Stress Coping. 2007 Dec; 20(4):393-407.AS

Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between length of exposure to a stressor and capacity of the stressor to elicit head pain. Some 127 participants, 93 of whom suffered from regular headaches, were randomly assigned to five experimental conditions, defined by length of exposure to a stressor. Participants attended a single laboratory session divided into three phases: pre-intervention test, intervention and post-intervention test. The main finding was a significant cubic trend between length of exposure to the stressor and ratings of head pain. This trend indicated that very short exposure to the stressor increased sensitivity, whilst longer exposure decreased sensitivity, but even longer exposure increased sensitivity. These results build on earlier studies that suggest the traditional clinical advice to headache sufferers, that the best way to prevent headaches is to avoid the triggers, runs the risk of establishing an insidious sensitization process, thereby increasing headache frequency.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Australia. paul.martin@med.monash.edu.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17999239

Citation

Martin, Paul R., et al. "Stress as a Trigger for Headaches: Relationship Between Exposure and Sensitivity." Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, vol. 20, no. 4, 2007, pp. 393-407.
Martin PR, Lae L, Reece J. Stress as a trigger for headaches: relationship between exposure and sensitivity. Anxiety Stress Coping. 2007;20(4):393-407.
Martin, P. R., Lae, L., & Reece, J. (2007). Stress as a trigger for headaches: relationship between exposure and sensitivity. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 20(4), 393-407.
Martin PR, Lae L, Reece J. Stress as a Trigger for Headaches: Relationship Between Exposure and Sensitivity. Anxiety Stress Coping. 2007;20(4):393-407. PubMed PMID: 17999239.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Stress as a trigger for headaches: relationship between exposure and sensitivity. AU - Martin,Paul R, AU - Lae,Lidia, AU - Reece,John, PY - 2007/11/14/pubmed PY - 2008/1/17/medline PY - 2007/11/14/entrez SP - 393 EP - 407 JF - Anxiety, stress, and coping JO - Anxiety Stress Coping VL - 20 IS - 4 N2 - This study investigated the relationship between length of exposure to a stressor and capacity of the stressor to elicit head pain. Some 127 participants, 93 of whom suffered from regular headaches, were randomly assigned to five experimental conditions, defined by length of exposure to a stressor. Participants attended a single laboratory session divided into three phases: pre-intervention test, intervention and post-intervention test. The main finding was a significant cubic trend between length of exposure to the stressor and ratings of head pain. This trend indicated that very short exposure to the stressor increased sensitivity, whilst longer exposure decreased sensitivity, but even longer exposure increased sensitivity. These results build on earlier studies that suggest the traditional clinical advice to headache sufferers, that the best way to prevent headaches is to avoid the triggers, runs the risk of establishing an insidious sensitization process, thereby increasing headache frequency. SN - 1477-2205 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17999239/Stress_as_a_trigger_for_headaches:_relationship_between_exposure_and_sensitivity_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10615800701628843 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -