Migraine triggers are everywhere; over 100 migraine headache triggers identified by researchers trigger symptoms of migraines like severe headaches and nausea, in addition to neck pain and sensitivity to things like food, hormones, work environment, stress, and the weather. What’s a person to do when migraine headaches are always around the bend? Find out how to detect common headache causes, and how to keep headache triggers at bay.
Be a migraine headache detective
One helpful tool for identifying your migraine triggers is keeping a migraine diary. Log into your headache journal every day, and keep track of important data for the day, such as what you ate, how you were feeling, what the weather was, what medication you took, how well you slept the previous night, and any other clues that you think might be relevant to your migraine symptoms. Here are some tips to get you started- 10 Clues your should Include in your Headache Diary Today
Common migraine triggers, and how to avoid them
A common misconception is that one migraine trigger alone can cause severe headaches. Actually, migraine triggers are not lone culprits; it’s a combination of stimuli such as food, weather, and stress that together create the environment for a migraine attack when you least suspect it. The more migraine triggers you manage to control in your environment, the better your chances of living the rest of your life without migraines, or at least with significantly fewer and less severe headaches.
Foods that trigger
When discussing dietary migraine triggers with your neurologist, it’s important to note that foods that cause headache symptoms in others, such as chocolate, might be fine for you to enjoy. Similarly, you might be the only person you know who ever gets chronic migraine symptoms from eating nuts or milk products. Following a restrictive migraine diet is the only way to track your reaction to certain food triggers.
The most common food triggers for migraines are:
- Caffeinated beverages
- Dried or smoked meats, such as lox, smoked salmon, anchovies, salami, hot dogs, and sausages
- Alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer
- Ripened fruits, such as figs, raisins, bananas, red plums, and avocados
- Foods that have been fermented, marinated, or pickled, including olives, sauerkraut, tofu, and dill pickles
- Yeasted breads and cakes
- Dairy products
- Foods with monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Chocolate for Curing Migraines- 10 Astonishing Cocoa Facts
Change- not such a good thing after all
Have you ever taken a catnap in the middle of the day, and woken up to a monstrous migraine? If you suffer chronic migraines, then you’ve probably noticed that you fare best with consistency- going to sleep at the same time every night, waking up at the same time each morning, and eating regularly scheduled meals. You thrive on routine. That is because change of any kind usually provokes a migraine attack.
- Avoid changing your sleep patterns. Don’t alter your routine, even during long weekends or vacations. Don’t sleep late, and avoid taking naps.
- Don’t skip meals, and don’t let more than four hours go by without having a bite to eat.
- Women, be aware of hormonal changes, such as menstruation, pregnancy, nursing, starting new birth control, menopause, and perimenopause
- Weather changes cause migraines, too. Weather fluctuations, such as temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure are typical migraine triggers. You can’t avoid the weather, but isolating environmental migraine triggers from other headache causes will help you learn how to manage your migraines better.
Moody migraine triggers
Stress is one of the most influential migraine triggers. Overwhelmingly, stress is the cause of most headaches, in addition to life-threatening ailments such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and morbid obesity.
- It’s important to understand that “good stress” and “bad stress” alike may cause migraine symptoms. So, landing that perfect job or getting a holiday cash bonus might provide financial relief, but it won’t necessarily provide migraine relief.
- Depression is a common symptom of migraines that also creates stress, thus causing a vicious migraine circle. Antidepressants might provide relief from depression and anxiety, but you should discuss any possible drug interactions with a headache expert, such as a neurologist.
- Practice stress-relieving exercises such as yoga and meditation.
- Take natural headache ingredients, such as magnesium for migraines
- If necessary, seek counseling for stress reduction.
Read more about migraine triggers:
Migraine Weather Triggers- Seasonal Migraines in the Fall
13 Reasons your Migraines Hate the Summer Season
Sinus Headache Remedies from the Kitchen- Eat This, Not That
Perfumes and Migraines: The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Stinky
What’s Really Triggering Migraine Pain? – Health News Story – WDIV Detroit
Migraine Triggers- University of California, Berkeley PDF
Cure Together- Avoidance of Triggers is Best for Migraine: Results of Patient Study Comparing 180 Treatments
How to avoid a migraine? Migraine.com
Migraine Causes- Mayo Clinic
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