migraine headaches are different for each
person. Triggers include changes in daily routine, foods, hormones,
medicines, lights, odors, or other things in the environment.
common migraine triggers are:
- Stress (either during a stressful time
or right after stress subsides).
- Menstrual cycle
- Changes in your routine, such as how much you
exercise or how much you sleep.
- Fasting or skipping
- Changes in the weather, heat, or high
- Bright lights, glare, or reflected sunlight.
- Foods, such as chocolate.
- Alcohol—all alcohol, or one type of alcohol in particular, like
beer or wine.
- Odors such as perfume, paint, dust, and certain flowers.
Other migraine triggers include:
- Strong emotions, such as
- Pushing yourself too hard when you exercise.
- Monosodium glutamate
- Nitrates, which are found in cured meats such as hot dogs,
bacon, and cold cuts.
- Tyramines, which are found in pickled or
marinated foods, aged cheeses, and yeast.
- Smoking or being around
someone who smokes.
- Excessive caffeine or caffeine
- Birth control pills and hormone
- Medicines that expand (dilate) the
blood vessels (vasodilators), such as nifedipine, and nitrates.
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|By: ||Healthwise Staff ||Last Revised: June 4, 2013|
|Medical Review: ||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
Colin Chalk, MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology