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Migraines: Finding and Avoiding Triggers

The best way to manage migraine headaches is to avoid them. And to avoid them, you need to know what things (or triggers) bring them on. By finding and avoiding your triggers, you can limit how often you get migraines and how bad they are.

Try to avoid as many triggers as you can. Triggers add up, so the fewer you have at one time, the better your chance of preventing a migraine.

To manage your migraines:

  • Use a headache diary(What is a PDF document?) to find your migraine triggers.
  • Make sure you sleep, exercise, and eat on a regular schedule.
  • Don't eat foods that are likely to trigger a migraine.
  • Manage stress.
  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerColin Chalk, MD, CM, FRCPC - Neurology
Current as ofMarch 12, 2014

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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