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Are These 6 Things Triggering Your Migraines?

Source: Mayo Clinic
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Migraines are much more than the average headache. They are bouts of pain or throbbing of the head that usually occur on one side of the head. They may be accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and/or vomiting. Migraines may last from a couple hours to a couple of days when they’re untreated, and the pain and other symptoms may be debilitating. They occur with varied frequency, some people experiencing them several times a month and some people going months without an attack. Some migraine sufferers find they are more likely to experience an attack under certain circumstances, or migraine triggers. Could one of these be causing your migraines?

Stress

Stress negatively affects your body in many ways, and it may have the potential to cause migraines. Immense physical or emotional stress is a potential migraine trigger. You can help negate it by being conscientious of your stress level and working to lower it.

Food

Some foods and food additives may cause migraines. Watch for a connection between foods like lunch meat, chocolate, eggs, aged cheeses, red wine, extra salty foods, and foods containing MSG and migraines.

Lack of Sleep

Not getting enough sleep or getting poor quality sleep is one possible cause of migraines. Getting plenty of rest and adhering to a good sleep hygiene routine can help stop migraines in their tracks.

Caffeine

Lack of caffeine may cause headaches in some people, but if you suffer from migraines, you may do well to avoid it. Caffeine is a migraine trigger, and it’s important to note that it’s found in small amounts even in coffees and teas that have been decaffeinated.

Lights

Bright lights or lights that flash can lead to migraines. Even bright sunlight may be a trigger, so be careful to avoid intense lights if you suffer from migraines. This may mean wearing sunglasses to diminish the effects of bright lights.

Weather

Changes in weather patterns or extreme weather situations may cause migraines in some people. Migraine-inducing weather could mean extremely bright sunlight, extreme temperatures, changes in barometric pressure, or even wind.