QMywife tends to get intense headaches ( with nausea) every Christmas. I’m convinced it’s stressrelated. Is there anything she can do to stop them before they get a grip?
DR DAN RUTHERFORD WRITES: agree that once-a-year headaches must be being triggered by some outside influence. Migraine is a possibility and food triggers must be considered as there could be some food or drink your wife consumes at Christmas that she does not have at other times of the year. Keeping a food diary may be a bit of a headache in itself but sometimes reveals a link. If none comes to light a “treat and see” approach is practical. If your wife has already tried over-the-counter migraine remedies without success she should speak to her GP about this problem and whether a trial of the modern powerful drugs is justified. Concerning your reasonable suggestion of stress-induced headaches, you have asked what your wife can do to stop them. Actually I suggest it’s something you can
AIdo instead. How about, for Christmas 2010, you ask the family to make their own arrangements or take her to a nice hotel where someone else does the planning, shopping, cooking and tidying up. If removing Christmas stress removes the headaches, you’ve nailed your diagnosis and treatment in one go.