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How can I avoid migraine triggers?

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To avoid migraine triggers:

  • Write down the foods and drinks you had before your migraine started. If you see a pattern, stay away from that item.
  • Eat regularly and don’t let yourself get dehydrated. Don't skip meals.
  • Slowly ease off caffeine. Too much, in any food or drink, can trigger a migraine.
  • Be careful with exercise because it can trigger headaches for some people. If you’re one of them, you can still work out, but ask your doctor what would help.
  • Get regular sleep.
  • Cut down stress.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Migraines," "Migraine Headache Diary," "Migraines: Specific Foods," "Migraines: Exercise," "Migraines: Stress." 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Migraine Information Page.”

Office of Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Migraine Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 12, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Migraines," "Migraine Headache Diary," "Migraines: Specific Foods," "Migraines: Exercise," "Migraines: Stress." 

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “NINDS Migraine Information Page.”

Office of Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Migraine Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 12, 2017

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