Headache– The Anxiety Symptom Wake-Up Call
Okay so everybody get headaches from time to time. But in the case of anxiety and panic disorder related headaches they seem to be more frequent, more severe and last a lot longer. What can’t be denied is that these type of headaches all seem to be related to stress in one form or another.
Whether that be physical stress such as not eating properly, not sleeping properly or something that otherwise interferes with your physical well-being. Or mental or emotional stress which can come from the work or home environment and sometimes a combination of both.
The most common type of headache is the tension headache. Symptoms vary enormously but typically the pain radiates from the neck, back, eyes, or other muscle groups in the body.
Tension-type headache pain is often described as nagging pressure, much like you would feel if your head were being squeezed in a vice. The pain is present on both sides of the head at once. Tension-type headache pain is typically mild to moderate, but may be severe.
Various precipitating factors may cause Tension Type Headaches’s but note that about one half of people with TTH identify stress or hunger as a precipitating factor. Other causes include:
Irregular meal time (hunger)
Stress, usually occurs in the afternoon after long stressful work hours
Uncomfortable stressful position and/or bad posture
Until recently many believed that tension headaches were caused by muscle tension around the head, neck and back, and is some cases this may still be true. Another theory says that the main cause for tension type headaches and migraine is teeth clenching that causes a chronic contraction of the temporalis muscle.
Something that should be considered is the fact that when we’re stressed out chest muscles tend to contract which has the effect of pulling our bodies forward. In order for a body to maintain its upright position the back muscles also contract in an effort to pull the body back upright again. So you have two groups of powerful muscles both fighting against each other. Some of those muscles have connections that go right up to the neck which is why a tension headache can often have a stiff neck along with it.
By dealing with the stress, the chest muscles can relax allowing me back shoulder and neck muscles to follow suit thus relieving the tension headache.
Alexander Technique when done properly is an excellent way of dealing with this type of anxiety disorder symptom as it will allow you to to release both the physical tension and go a long way to allowing you to deal with the stress as well."panic attack", anxiety attack and stiff neck, anxiety head pressure, anxiety headache, anxiety headache in eyes, anxiety headache symptoms, anxiety headache symptoms squeezed, anxiety hedaches all the time, anxiety wake up stiff muscles, anxiey and headaches, anxious on waking with stiff muscles, awake from sleep with headache pain, but pain leaves when I wake up, bad headache and anxiety, body trembling tension in neck, can a headache precipitate a panic attack, can anxiety cause you to wake up with a bad headache, can neck tension cause panic attacks, can stiff neck cause panic attacks, child headache wake up trembling, debilitating anxiety headache, does anxiety cause bad trembling, gentle thumping headache, head ache back panic, head pressure +headache +anxiety, head pressure and anxiety, head pressure headache +anxiety +stress, headache that wakes up a child, heart thudding headache short of breath, heart thumping headache, how to treat a thumping headache, hunger anxiety headache, i have bad headaches and anxiety attacks what can take for it, i have stiff muscles anxiety and headaches all the time, main symptom of anxiety headache one of, migraines and waking up with anxiety attacks?, neck muscles cause anxiety, no sleep headache anxiety, palpitation tension headache anxiety, panic attack causes body to stiff, panic attacks stiff eyes, panic disorder and migraines, panic headache, pressure headache panic, pressure headaches in back of head anxiety, PRESSURE IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD WITH STIFF NECK ANIEXTY ATTACK, social anxiety and headaches, stiff eye muscles as a symptom of anxiety and panic, stiff neck and headache and heart palpitations and psychiatric symptoms, stiff neck and headache panic attacks, stiff neck and headaches and heart palpitations, stiff neck headache anxiety, stiff neck panic attack trembling, stiff neck social phobia, tension headache panic attack, tension headache symptoms waking up, thumping headache, Thumping headache back of head, THUMPING IN HEAD, trembling waking up mayo, wake up trembling from anxiety, WAKEUP TREMBLEING SYMPTOMS, waking stiff muscles, waking stiff neck panic headache, why do i wake up with a thumping headache