Is the pressure too much Today co-host Savannah Guthrie 'being treated for migraines and seeing doctors several times a week'
15:31 GMT, 20 July 2012
New Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie is allegedly experiencing severe migraines due to stress.
The 40-year-old journalist, a long-serving reporter on the NBC show, replaced former host Ann Curry after she was controversially dumped last month.
A source told the New York Post: 'The pressure of taking over after Ann's execution is taking its toll.'
Pressure: Savannah Guthrie, the new co-host of the Today show, is reportedly experiencing migraines due to stress
She is said to experiencing headaches so severe that she needs to 'see a doctor several times a week'.
The paper has also reported that she wears 'dark glasses to alleviate pressure on her eyes'.
The source said: 'She goes to a doctor two days a week for treatment of the migraines, and is required to wear dark glasses when she's not on set.'
Further anonymous sources added that if the report were true, Ms Guthrie is doing a very good job at hiding it.
Talent: On screen, she appears to have fit in quite easily, pictured alongside Natalie Morales (far left), Al Roker (left) and co-host Matt Lauer (right)
WHAT IS A MIGRAINE
Thought to affect 28million Americans, migraine feature in the World Health Organisation’s top 20 most disabling lifetime conditions and costs the U.S. economy an estimated $13billion a year.
The intense headaches, which can be accompanied by nausea and an acute sensitivity to light, may take up to three days to pass.
Migraine is more common in women, and there is a known genetic link – although exact causes remain a mystery.
There is evidence that lifestyle factors such as stress, hormonal changes and some foods can cause an attack.
People who get migraines are also more prone to other health issues.
Studies have shown that men who suffer them are 25per cent more likely to have cardiac problems, including heart attacks.
Migraine sufferers are also more than twice as likely to develop to life-threatening blood clots.
They said they had 'never seen Guthrie wearing dark glasses' during the work day.
Plus, she has not missed any days off work as a result of the migraines.
Another source argued that her new role is not the cause of the headaches.
They said: 'Savannah does have
migraines. She's had them for years. They are not triggered by anything
'If she is indeed getting them, she's completely capable
of working through them.
'You would never been able to know anything was wrong by watching her at work.'
The report comes after news that the show's ratings have slipped since Ms Curry's departure.
Early ratings reports showed that Good Morning America attracted 300,000 more viewers during Ms Guthrie's first week in the chair.
Ms Curry had only served one year as co-host and her sudden dismissal was widely criticised by fans.