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What triggers Migraines?
About Migraine Triggers
It is not unusual that one particular trigger cause a migraine every time it happens. Sometimes there are a combination of factors that will lead to a migraine and not just one trigger happening somewhere in isolation. Sometimes even so, it may happen that one trigger might not even lead to a migraine. A series of events happen when something sets off a trigger in the brain and a chemical reaction would lead to migraine like symptoms. A lot of these have been discussed in this article.
A lot of documented cases reveal the various causes of a migraine.
To better understand your migraines, it is a good idea to write down
as much information about your health history. You should also use
a migraine journal to keep a record of each and every migraine
attack you encounter. Write down what you were doing before each
attack, anything you ate as well as the weather conditions.
This information will help your physician give you the best advice
on avoiding future attacks.
-Stress or anxiety
-Neck and Head Injury
Talking about Migraine Triggers, some of them are:
A lot of people who suffer from Migraine attacks often talk about how their Migraines were triggered due to alcohol ingestion. It is not uncommon for people who don't have Migraines to have Alcohol induced hangovers and hangover headaches the following morning. For people who have a history of Migraine, even a small amount of alcohol ingestion can lead to an attack. Drink to avoid? A European study has found Wine to be the main culprit behind Migraine attacks in Spain and France, owing to 11% for Red Wine and 40% for White Wine.
Food and Drinks
Many times, it is not the particular food that you are allergic to, it could be the additives, preservatives that can cause a migraine attack. While it is also seen that if a person misses a meal, or fasts for more than 10-14 hours, the body starts producing stress hormones triggering a migraine attack.
The foods that are known to cause Migraines the most:
Ham, hot dogs, other cured meats
Monosodium glutamate, MSG, commonly found in Chinese foods, soy sauce and packaged foods
Asparatame and other artificial sweeteners
Ice cream and other frozen foods
Coffee, tea, cola (other items containing caffeine and caffeine withdrawal)
Dairy products, yogurt
Changes in the environment have also been blamed on allergies, pain and fatigue. There are also people who experience seasonal migraines, which means they have far more migraines during certain times of the year. Various environmental changes can cause triggers:
Temperature changes, extreme heat or cold weather, humidity, barometric pressure changes and storms
Odors, pollution and smells including: smog, cigarette smoke, perfumes and chemical odors
Lights, such as: bright lights or glaring lights, fluorescent lights, flashing lights or screens
Patterns, including: stripes, checkers or zigzag lines
Flying, jet lag, travel or motion
Sexual Activity takes up a lot of energy and involves a lot of physical activity. Along with that, a lot of emotions are triggered and hormones are released into the body. Sometimes, known as "Coital Headache", it is understandable how Sexual Activity can be a big contributor to Migraine attacks.
For head pain to be blamed on sex, the International Headache Society says the pain must:
Be brought on by sexual arousal
Have pain on both sides
Be prevented or lessened by stopping sexual activity before orgasm
Not be caused by any other disorder
The reason behind the head pain may be related to contracting muscles during sex. The attacks may be avoided by working on relaxing neck and jaw muscles during sexual activity. The explosive pain has been blamed on the rapid increase in blood pressure and heart rate during sexual climax.