Last Updated on January 3, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Migraine headaches can come on quickly and, seemingly,
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So let’s take a look at some factors that could be causing your
Migraine Triggers And Risk Factors
- Strong or unusual smells
- Bright or flickering lights, especially fluorescent ones
- Loud sounds
- Food triggers including aspartame, nuts, citrus fruits, red wine, soft cheeses, large amounts of caffeine, and food with added nitrates or nitrites and MSG. And despite what you may have heard, chocolate doesn’t seem to be a trigger. This common misconception is likely due to people craving sweet foods, such as chocolate, before a migraine strikes.
- Dehydration – You can counteract this by drinking plenty of lemon water
- Stress (Read 5 Simple Ways To Relieve Stress And Relax for helpful tips)
- Not eating when you’re used to eating regular meals
- EMFs from computer screens and cell phones
- Weather changes, including high humidity, barometric pressure,
- Insomnia or sleeping too much
- Vigorous exercise, especially if you’re not used to it (Check out 4 Essentials Before You Start A Health Or Fitness Program for advice to help you ease into a fitness plan.)
- Teeth grinding
- Oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy
- Taking drugs including cannabis and cocaine
- A change in your routine
- Overuse of migraine medication, opiates,
Related: 10 Signs You’re Having A Migraine
Now for some risk factors that make some people more susceptible to migraines.
Migraine Risk Factors
- Family history of migraines
- Being overweight or underweight
- Hormonal changes in women
- Lower education levels
- After puberty, women are up to three times more likely to get migraines than men
- Age – Most people get their first migraine during adolescence, but there are always exceptions. My first migraine didn’t happen until I was 20.
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Summary – Migraine Triggers
Knowing your migraine triggers and the risk factors involved is an excellent preventative tool. Also, keeping a migraine diary can help you recognize common patterns. I’ve found an app that serves this purpose and I absolutely love it! It’s called Migraine Buddy and it is free.
You can learn more about it here: Migraine Buddy: THE App For People With Migraines
Also, if you have a child who suffers from migraines you might find Migraine Headaches In Children: Types, Symptoms & Treatments helpful.
I hope you’ve found this article helpful in thinking about possible causes for your migraine headaches.
What are your migraine triggers?
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