Migraine attacks are often brought on by exposure to certain triggers.
Common triggers include stress, irregular schedules, weather changes, some food and beverages.
Potential Triggers of Migraine:
- Acute stress (accident, mourning, divorce, marriage and etc.)
- Chronic stress (marital, profession, disease-related and financial)
- Drop in stress levels – like when you wind down on the weekend, on a vacation or after completing a stressful activity.
- Sleep and irregular routine
- Lack of sleep
- Sleeping in, sleeping longer than usual
- Jet lag and travel
- Working variable shifts
- New baby
- Skipping a meal
- Caffeinated Beverages
- Caffeine withdrawal
- Alcohol – especially wine
- monosodium glutamate
- aged cheeses
- processed meats
- Strong lights
- Loud noises
- Odours (fragrances, gasoline and detergents)
- Heat, humidity, changes in barometric pressure and chinook
- Smog and poor air quality
- Menstrual period
- First trimester of pregnancy
- Contraceptives (very variable)
- Physical Activity
- Intense exercise
- Sexual activity
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