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What Triggers Your Headache or Migraines?

Posted by Rob Benhuri

Mar 27, 2015 2:17:00 PM

city acupuncture headache migraineIf you suffer often from headaches and migraines (like headaches but with pounding or severe pain), do you often wonder if you did anything to trigger it? How is it that some people rarely get a headache or migraines, but you have them often? Knowing what triggers headaches and migraines may help you to better manage the problem. Let's get started:

  • Hormonal Changes

Being a women (more like woeman) has its woes. Women are three times more likely than men to have headaches/migraines. Monthly periods, pregnancy and menopause have a way of throwing estrogen(female hormones) off. When estrogen level drops, headaches and migraines may make an unwelcome appearance.

  • Food

According to health experts, certain foods can trigger headaches/migraines or worsen an existing condition. While each person reacts to food differently, some foods are worth noting: aged cheeses, processed foods with high salt or additives (such aspartame, MSG or food coloring), alcohol or caffeine. If you notice headaches and migraines after eating certain foods, you may want to avoid them.

  • Stress

Stress is often blamed for everything from insomnia to high blood pressure. It is often the cause of headaches and migraines as well. Stress at work and at home and major changes in personal life can take a toll and bring them on. Take steps to minimize unnecessary stress such as not taking on too much workload, working within schedules and learning how to relax to keep headaches and migraines away.

  • External Stimuli

Are you sensitive to bright lights or loud noises? Or do certain smells drive you crazy? For some people, such external stimuli may trigger an attack of headaches and migraines. Take note of these triggers and take appropriate action. If you're sensitive to bright light, wear sunglasses or stay out of the sun during the brightest time of the day.

  • Medications

Medications may produce side-effects and sometimes, they can induce headaches and migraines. Examples include oral contraceptives and medications that dilate blood vessels. If you suspect your headaches and migraines are related to medications, talk to your doctor.

These are just some of the triggers. Knowing what triggers your headaches and migraines will help you take steps to prevent or reduce them. For 4 simple ways to treat a headache once it starts, click here!

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Topics: Headache

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