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What are some things you can avoid to help prevent migraines?

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Researchers are still trying to figure out why some people get migraines and others don't.

What experts do know is that certain things can be migraine triggers for some people. Staying away from those things can lower your chances of getting one. Here are some things to avoid:

  • Migraine triggers you know about
  • Sipping meals
  • Taking pain meds for more than 3-4 days
  • Sleeping too much or too little

SOURCES:

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Facts."

American Family Physician: "Migraine Headaches: How to Deal With the Pain."

Spigt, M. European Journal of Neurology, August 2005.

Dalkara, T. Current Pain and Headache Reports, October 2013.

Cleveland Clinic: "Rebound Headaches," "Headaches and Food."

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Kona, Hawaii, based internist and author of Pain Free 1, 2, 3.

American Migraine Foundation: "Sleep Disorders and Headache," "Top 10 Migraine Triggers and How to Deal With Them."

Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain: "Magnesium."

UptoDate.com: "Preventive treatment of migraine in adults," “Patient education: Migraines in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

TRC: "Food, Herbs, Supplements."

The Migraine Trust: “Keeping a migraine diary.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on January 27, 2020

SOURCES:

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Facts."

American Family Physician: "Migraine Headaches: How to Deal With the Pain."

Spigt, M. European Journal of Neurology, August 2005.

Dalkara, T. Current Pain and Headache Reports, October 2013.

Cleveland Clinic: "Rebound Headaches," "Headaches and Food."

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Kona, Hawaii, based internist and author of Pain Free 1, 2, 3.

American Migraine Foundation: "Sleep Disorders and Headache," "Top 10 Migraine Triggers and How to Deal With Them."

Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain: "Magnesium."

UptoDate.com: "Preventive treatment of migraine in adults," “Patient education: Migraines in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

TRC: "Food, Herbs, Supplements."

The Migraine Trust: “Keeping a migraine diary.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on January 27, 2020

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