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What triggers migraines?

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Migraines have many triggers, including:

Besides head pain, migraines can make you sensitive to light, noise, and smells. You may have "auras," which means you have blurred vision or see spots, dots, or wavy lines. You may also have nausea and fatigue.

  • Stress
  • Foods such as alcohol, aged cheese, and processed meats
  • Caffeine (either from too much or from withdrawal)
  • Menstruation
  • Tension or fatigue
  • Skipped meals
  • Changes in your sleep patterns

From: Causes and Types of Headaches WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Migraine Headaches," "Tension Headaches."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Rebound Headaches."

Merck Manual: "Tension-Type Headache."

Seminars in Neurology: "Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Daily Headache."

University of Maryland Medical System: "Sinus Headache."

American Migraine Foundation: "Tension-type Headache."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Migraine Headaches," "Tension Headaches."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Rebound Headaches."

Merck Manual: "Tension-Type Headache."

Seminars in Neurology: "Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Daily Headache."

University of Maryland Medical System: "Sinus Headache."

American Migraine Foundation: "Tension-type Headache."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 08, 2018

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