How To Avoid Migraine Triggers

Posted by M ws On Thursday, September 19, 2013 0 comments
What causes a migraine is still a mystery, but doctors are aware of a variety of factors that have been shown to initiate migraines. These factors are called triggers, and for people with migraines, avoiding them may be the only way to avoid a migraine. Each person’s triggers will be different. For some migraine sufferers, only one trigger sets off a headache. For others, the trigger responsible for the headache may change from migraine to migraine. Here, the many factors that are known to make migraines more likely to occur.

The Most Common Triggers

The most common triggers for migraines include:

Sleep changes: Getting too much or too little sleep may trigger a migraine.
Stress and anxiety: Emotional or mental stress and anxiety can trigger migraines.
Medications: Certain medications may increase your chance for a migraine. These include oral contraceptives and vasodilators.
Bright lights/photophobia
Loud noises/phonophobia
Strong odors: Such as perfumes or secondhand cigarette smoke
Foods: The most common food offenders include aspartame, an artificial sugar substitute; foods that contain tyramine (a substance that forms as foods age), such as aged cheeses, hard sausages, and Chianti wine; foods that contain monosodium glutamate or MSG, a key ingredient in many broths, Asian foods, and processed foods; caffeinated or alcohol drinks, particularly beer and red wine; and foods that contain nitrates, such as hot dogs, bacon, and salami. Skipping a meal or fasting may also increase your likelihood for a migraine.
Changes in the weather and barometric pressure
Hormonal changes: This is a particularly troublesome trigger for many women—fluctuations in estrogen, caused by menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause, may cause a migraine. Hormone medications, including oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy, can trigger or even worsen migraines, too.
Physical activity: Physically exerting yourself—whether through exercise, sexual activity, or physical labor—may cause a migraine.

Other Risk Factors

Genes: Research suggests your genetics may play a role in who is likely to suffer from migraines. After all, 90 percent of people with migraines have a family history of the severe headaches. If your parents, siblings, or children have migraines, you’re more likely to have them.

Gender: Seventy percent of migraine sufferers are women. However, in childhood, boys are more often affected than girls. The gender switch begins around the time of puberty.

Age: Most people will experience their first migraine in adolescence, but they can occur at any age.

Weight: Women who are mildly obese or obese have a greater risk for migraine headaches than women with a lower BMI.

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