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    Migraine Headaches - Cause

    Experts aren't sure what causes migraines.

    They run in families, and experts have found a genetic link. But it isn't clear why some people get migraines and others don't.

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    Certain things can bring on a migraine. These are called triggers. Your triggers may be different from someone else's. Having several triggers increases the chance you will get migraines.

    Some common triggers include:

    • Stress.
    • Not eating.
    • Poor sleep habits.
    • A change from your normal routine.
    • Red wine.
    • Monosodium glutamate (MSG).
    • Strong odors.
    • Chocolate.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: July 22, 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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