It may soon be possible to predict when a future migraine attack might happen.
Research published in the journal Headache found they could be forecast by analyzing stress.
The study authors have developed a new model based on measuring stress from daily hassles. They believe it may be possible to tell whether it will occur tomorrow based on today’s stress levels. This is particularly aimed at those who suffer from migraines a lot.
Dr. Tim Houle, lead author from Massachusetts General Hospital, said, “We know that certain people are at greater risk of having an attack over other people, but within a person, we have not been able to predict increased risk for an attack with any level of accuracy.”
The researchers discovered that stress was greater on days preceding a headache. They believe the findings will allow pre-emptive treatment of migraine attacks.
The model we developed in this study is a very good start to helping people forecast the chances they will experience a headache attack, but work is needed to make the prediction models more accurate before they will be of widespread clinical use.