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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Migraines and triggers

I saw this when I googled "migraines".  I suffer them so I avoid chocolates( man I love kit kats though) and bright lights, I wear sunglasses a lot.  I figured what else could trigger them.  I do drink coffee though

Potential migraine triggers

Trigger Category

Potential Trigger Examples

  • Skipping meals

  • Fasting

  • Specific foods

  • Food preservatives (e.g., nitrates, MSG)

  • Alcohol and red wine

  • Coffee, tea, and cola

  • Artificial sweeteners

  • Excess sugar

  • Sleep
  • Changes in sleep patterns

  • Oversleeping

  • Sleeping too little

  • Napping

  • Hormonal changes
  • Menstrual cycle

  • Weather
  • Weather and temperature changes

  • Barometric pressure changes

  • Lighting
  • Bright or glaring lights

  • Flashing lights or screens

  • Odors and pollution
  • Smoke or smog

  • Chemical odors

  • Perfumes and fragrances

  • Stress and emotions
  • High or accumulated stress

  • Anxiety, depression, or grief

  • Stress letdown on weekends, vacation, or after ending a stressful project

  • Physical factors
  • Physical overexertion

  • Exercising in the heat

  • Becoming overtired

  • Eyestrain

  • Some common food triggers

    Below is a list of common food triggers. However, food triggers can vary widely, and yours may be different.
    • Aged cheese (and other foods, such as smoked fish, that contain tyramine)
    • Alcohol and red wine
    • Artificial sweeteners
    • Chocolate
    • Citrus fruits
    • Coffee, tea, and cola
    • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
    • Nitrates in cured and processed meats (hot dogs and lunch meats)
    • Nuts and peanut butter
    • Salty foods

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