migraine triggers

12 Migraine Triggers and 10 Possible Preventions

The American Migraine Foundation says this of migraine headaches:

“For a disorder that afflicts one-tenth of our population and is the subject of thousands of private conversations each day, surprisingly few people – even physicians – can provide a coherent answer if asked: “What is migraine?”

Migraine is relatively easy to define in clinical terms. One is said to have migraine if within his/her lifetime there have occurred 5 or more attacks of unprovoked headache lasting 4-72 hours, severe enough to markedly restrict or even prohibit routine daily activity and accompanied by nausea or light/ sound sensitivity. Note that the clinical definition of migraine does not require the headache to be pulsatile (“throbbing”) or lateralized to one side of the head: although such features are common in migraine, they are far from invariable. Nor does the diagnosis of migraine require the occurrence of aura symptoms, visual or otherwise; only 20-25% of migraineurs ever experience aura, and in that minority who do there are relatively few who experience aura with each and every attack. Finally, the headache of migraine need not be intense or disabling on every occasion; some migraine attacks may involve no headache whatsoever (aura without headache), and many attacks may involve headache that is mild in intensity and more reminiscent of tension type headache than what one typically associates with migraine.”

One thing that anyone who has ever suffered from migraine can agree upon is that they are horrible! If you suffer from migraines, here are some 12 possible triggers and 10 possible preventions for you to consider.

Possible Migraine Triggers:

  • Aged cheeses
  • Beans
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  • Nuts
  • Red wine
  • Ripe avocado
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Stress
  • Trigger points

Possible Migraine Prevention:

  • ½ your bodyweight in ounces of water daily
  • B2 (Riboflavin) 200 mg
  • Magnesium Glycinate 400-600 mg
  • CoQ10 120 mg
  • Feverfew
  • Butterbur
  • If the migraine seems to be caused by hormones, try:
  • 5HTP
  • B6 (P5P)
  • CoQ10

I’d love to hear about your migraine stories and how you’ve handled them.

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