Many of us deal with financial headaches on a regular basis, but the results of a study just published in the journal “Neurology” demonstrate that the chronic pain of chronic financial woes is not just a tired utilization of figurative language.
The researchers found an association between the incidence and prevalence of migraine in men and women of similar incomes, with the least well-off having the highest rates. However, the remission rates were pretty much the same between the income groups studied, and did not appear to be related to age, sex, or race. These results appear to support the hypothesis that the psychosocial stress of having a lower income is associated with migraine headaches.
But what are the details of this association? What is the chronology of events?
Does the chronic recurrent migraine headache act as an inhibiting force of the afflicted, negatively impacting any potential for advancement in the workplace condition of, and thus limiting or depressing wages? Or does all that comes with being of a lower socioeconomic status—including an increased exposure to violence, bigotry and an inferior education system--- result in migraine headaches?