While fatigue and stress can trigger headaches in some people, migraines also have additional unique triggers:
Diet: Certain chemicals in food and beverages can cause migraines. Eating more fresh and fewer processed foods can also help rid your body of toxins or chemicals that could be causing your headaches.
Hydration: Dehydration can lead to migraines. Drinking plenty of water can help prevent this, and also helps rid your body of chemicals and toxins.
Weather changes: Changes in weather or barometric pressure can trigger migraines.
Menstrual cycle: Women with a history of migraines often report headaches immediately before or during their periods, when they have a drop in estrogen.
I am lucky enough that I can eat or drink what I want and not be affected by migraines. Foods are not one of my triggers. But really I wish they were! My own personal triggers are weather changes (hello storm- hello headache!) and my menstrual cycle. Without fail, I get at least a migraine a month due to my cycle. Unfortunately I can't control the weather or the fact that I was born a woman! So it looks like my migraines are here to stay.
As there are numerous potential migraine triggers, and these triggers vary from person to person, tracking these potential migraine triggers is key for helping to manage migraines. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine found that an overwhelming majority of female migraine sufferers (93%) wish they knew more about their migraine triggers, while only 11 percent of women who suffer from migraines track their triggers regularly.
I've told you about the FREE My Migraine Triggers iPhone App before and if you aren't using it yet, go download it now!! (it is available for android as well as iPhone). It is an invaluable resource in discovering what it is that is your own personal trigger. It can be anything from chocolate, red wine, the smell of cologne, MSG, flashing or florescent lights, weather, and hormones... the list goes on and on! It isn't the same for any two people, so seeing what causes you pain can help you steer clear of those things and stop a future migraine attack from starting.
With the use of this app, I was able to discover that birth control pills were actually contributing to my migraines! I stopped taking them in January, and guess what- my migraines have reduced enormously! At first I didn't put two and two together, but the app helps keep track of everything you can think of and helps to discover the common denominator to the problem. And as I look back into my medical history, I can see that yep, the times when I was Birth Control free I had much fewer migraines.
I am over the moon that I have paired up with Excedrin Migraine and get to work as an Ambassador, spreading awareness and offering information to all of my fellow sufferers. If I help one person, I did my job! Another lucky perk is I get to host yet another Giveaway!
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