Common Migraine Triggers - dummies

Common Migraine Triggers

By Diane Stafford, Jennifer Shoquist

Part of Migraines For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Whether internal or external, anything that sets a migraine attack in motion is a trigger. Take a look at the following categories of common migraine instigators so you can track potential triggers for your headaches and steer clear of them in the future:

  • Environment: Weather changes, high altitude, bright lights, fluorescent lighting, strong odors

  • Food and drink: Alcohol, MSG, aged cheese, nitrites, skipped meals

  • Hormones: Menstruation, menopause, hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills

  • Sleep: Irregular sleep patterns, excessive or too little sleep, sleep disorders

  • Odds and ends: Stress, fatigue, certain prescription drugs