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7 Sneaky Migraine Triggers

sneaky migraine triggers

There is a clear difference between headaches and migraines.

The former usually fades over time or with the help of an over-the-counter pain medication.

The latter can be debilitating and frequent.

If you suffer from migraines, there are a few things that could be triggering them.

Pay attention to your daily routine and take note if these things ring a bell:

1. Leftover Food

Protein rich food starts to break down after it has been cooked, which produces Tyramine [1], a natural compound that has been known to cause headaches. If you have leftovers containing protein that have been sitting around for more than 48 hours, it is better to get rid of them. Try to plan accordingly before cooking.

2. Caffeine

The problem with caffeine is that it often aids headaches rather than causing them. However, too much caffeine can cause headaches [2] as you come down from the high or if you go an extended amount of time without a caffeine fix.

Be aware that caffeine itself can still trigger migraines for some sufferers, and it may not only be in the form of coffee but also in chocolate and some teas.

3. The Ponytail Hairstyle

Pulling your hair back puts stress on your scalp. This may not happen right away, but over time you may notice yourself developing a headache. Try a looser bun or ponytail to keep your scalp nerves and muscles from being overextended. There is something to say for the old adage, “Let your hair down!”

4. Flowers

Flowers are known to carry strong odors; if you notice your head aching even if you enjoy the smell, this could be a sign that they’re too strong. Whether pleasant or unpleasant, some smells can be a trigger for migraines [3].

5. Skipping Meals

Maintaining your blood sugar is an important part of avoiding migraines so that your brain doesn’t try to do the adjustment itself. Try smaller, more frequent meals to avoid this trigger.

6. Computer Usage

Computer and television glare can cause overstimulation, which releases inflammatory neurotransmitters that may lead to a headache [4]. Try to avoid excess time with these technologies and replace them with reading a book or getting outside instead.

If you have to be around them, look into alternate screens with a lower amount of glare. Some computers and TVs even allow you to control the lighting on the screen.

7. Hormone Levels Tied to the Female Body

Menstrual migraines [5] may be what you’re suffering from. The fluctuating levels of hormones in the female body, due to menstruation and ovulation, have been known to cause migraines. If you notice your migraines happening along a monthly schedule, try talking to your doctor about medications you can use to help.

Keeping track of when your migraines start and end, in regards to your daily schedule, can be the system you need to avoid and end migraines all together. There may be other triggers in your life other than the ones listed above that may be contributing to your headaches.

Keep an eye out for any signs! Do you have other ways of keeping your migraines in check? Let us know!



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