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Like so many others who experience migraines, Serena Williams’ migraines became debilitating during lockdown. While she’d had milder migraines for years prior, the stress and conditions of the pandemic triggered worse and longer pain. And because she was a trained athlete, she’d been used to working through it, so she ignored the signs and stressors, thinking the headaches would go away. Fortunately, she sought medical help to help her get back on her feet. The two biggest factors that helped her are setting boundaries and medicine.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last March and all of a sudden Serena Williams was spending most of her time at home, trying to entertain her 3-year-old daughter Olympia while getting on hours-long video calls and playing tennis, the milder migraine she dealt with for years suddenly became “debilitating.”
The 23-time Grand Slam champion, 39, came to realize that stress, “or just overworking at my computer” was a major trigger.
While playing in nail-biting tennis matches are “obviously the most high-stress” activities for Williams, she tells PEOPLE she was “just so used to playing through pain.” And those migraine …read more