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Know Your Triggers

From the National Headache Foundation

Migraine triggers include a number of environmental, biological, dietary or emotional factors. Most people have several triggers. The next time you have a migraine, make a note of what may have triggered it. then, in the future you can minimize, as much as possible, your exposure to your individual migraine triggers. Some triggers can't be avoided — but at least you'll know when to expect a migraine and can take steps to prevent or minimize a migraine the trigger sets off.

Dietary
  • Alcohol (particularly red wine)
  • Aged cheeses (cheddar, gruyere, brie, camembert)
  • Foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG, a preservative)
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Aged, canned, cured, processed or smoked meats
Environmental
  • Weather
  • Bright sunlight
  • Odors or perfumes
  • Cigarette smoke
Biological
  • Missing a meal
  • Too little or too much sleep
  • Menstruation
Emotional
  • Stress during or after an emotional situation
Last updated July 9, 2010




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