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What triggers silent migraines?

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Silent migraines can be set off by the same things that cause painful migraines. What and how you eat are common triggers, including:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Pickled foods
  • Foods or drinks with the amino acid tyramine, such as red wine and aged cheese It could be something happening around you, such as:
  • Bright or flickering lights
  • Loud noise
  • Weather and extreme heat or cold

From: Silent Migraines WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Headache - Frequently Asked Questions."

National Library of Medicine: "Migraine with Aura."

Migraine Research Foundation: "About Migraine."

eMedicine.com: "Pathophysiology and Treatment of Migraine and Related Headache."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "21st Century Prevention and Management of Migraine Headaches."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 12, 2017

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Headache - Frequently Asked Questions."

National Library of Medicine: "Migraine with Aura."

Migraine Research Foundation: "About Migraine."

eMedicine.com: "Pathophysiology and Treatment of Migraine and Related Headache."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "21st Century Prevention and Management of Migraine Headaches."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on November 12, 2017

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