Migraine triggers can include foods, beverages, activities and exercise, medications, stress, sleep deprivation, bright lights, hunger, odors, hormones, and other changes.
To help determine what triggers your migraines, print the list below. Then check the list for potential migraine triggers when you get the first signs of an attack. After a few weeks or months, review the checklist to see if you can find a pattern for your migraine triggers. While triggers can be tricky to determine, chances are that the items that get the most checks may be your key personal triggers.
Being active is a key part of healthy living. But for some people with migraines, exercise can be tricky. For some, exercise can be a migraine trigger.
Terrell Davis, a former Denver Broncos running back, sat out most of the second quarter of Super Bowl XXXII in 1998 because of a migraine. Yet after taking his medication, he came back to the game and was named Most Valuable Player.
The good news is that there are steps you can take to make exercise-related migraines less likely. Here are four ways...
After you've narrowed down migraine triggers that may affect you, take the checklist to your next doctor's visit and discuss these triggers. Your doctor can give you additional medical advice about how to prevent migraines by avoiding migraine triggers and taking necessary preventive migraine treatment.
American Headache Society: "Headache Hygiene Tips."
The International Headache Society: "Epidemiology of Headache."
The Migraine Trust: "Your Triggers."
National Headache Foundation: "Migraine."