Migraines are frequent headachesaccompanied by pain that may last several hours. They are seen to disrupt an individual’semotional and physical health. There is no treatment that can completely getrid of migraines, but they can be minimized by treating the factors that play arole in causing migraines; the main one being stress (Hashizume 2). In a study conductedin 2008, researchers were trying to figure out if the relationship between stressand migraines was only specific to migraines and if time was also attributed.
Theythen compared their results with data that had already been reported in the US.They gathered 16 Japanese people, who suffered from migraines, to participatein the study, and were asked to keep note of their daily stress (daily hasslesand stressful events) and other psychological factors preceding, during, andafter a migraine headache. They took note of everything four times a day for aperiod of two weeks.
The results showed that stress from daily hassles seen afew days prior to a migraine did, in fact, play a part in the incidence of migraines.The mean incidence of migraine attacks was 1.6 ± 1.4 (Hashizume 4). This meansthat the average number of migraines that the participants encountered was 1.6 witha deviation of 1.4 because some participants did not experience headaches,while others experienced too many.
For the statistical analyses of dataobtained, the mean was the most useful measure for this study. They took theaverage age of participants and the average frequency of migraine occurrencefor the days before, during, and after a migraine. They used this data to find therelationship between the different types of stress and the time of the migrainecycle in which they occurred. With the help of the mean statistics, theresearchers were able to find the time of the cycle in which stress was mostprevalent and how it relates to migraines. Furthermore, they concluded that theaverage occurrence of migraines observed in the participants was less than thedata reported from the US, and that stress from daily hassles preceding the headachewas affecting the onset of migraines, with a mean of 11.8 ± 2.6, being thehighest in comparison to other forms of stress and other time periods(Hashizume 6).
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