11 Common Migraine Triggers

Posted on: February 16, 2018

We treat patients suffering from migraines and have found that migraine triggers are as diverse as the patients we treat. What triggers a migraine for one patient may be entirely different from what causes a migraine in another. However, there are some common triggers that we see on a regular basis. Knowing what they are can help you to avoid them.

If you struggle with migraines, here are a few triggers to watch for.

1. Genetics

While there is nothing that can be done about a person's genetics and family history, being aware of other people in the family have suffered from migraines is important. If other family members have migraines, it is more likely that a person will suffer from them, making it wise to discuss this with the doctor even before they manifest themselves.

2. Hormonal changes

For some women, changes in estrogen can trigger headaches. If the migraines come on during a woman's period, it could be due to a loss of estrogen. Likewise, some women will begin suffering from migraines when going through menopause.

3. Hunger

Going on a starvation diet or skipping meals is unwise due to how unhealthy it is. But, it can also cause migraines. It is important to eat throughout the day and choose healthy options since eating things like processed and salty foods can also cause headaches.

4. Aspartame

Some people have reported suffering from migraines after consuming beverages containing aspartame.

5. Drinking alcohol

Some people cannot drink alcohol in any quantity without suffering from a minor headache to severe migraines.

6. Weather

When the barometric pressure increases, it can prompt a migraine.

7. Loud noises and bright lights

These things can cause a sensory overload and give a person a migraine.

8. Not getting enough sleep

Being overly fatigued can also lead to migraines. It is important to get at least seven hours of sleep a night.

9. Certain medications

Various medications have a risk factor for causing migraines. If your migraines have started after getting a new prescription, it may be wise to speak with the doctor who prescribed it and try something else.

10. Stress

Many people will experience migraines that are brought on by being overly stressed. If they began during a particularly stressful time at work, for example, it would be wise to identify ways to reduce the stress.

11. Dehydration

Not drinking enough water can cause headaches and even severe migraines. Unfortunately, many people are not aware that they are dehydrated. Everyone requires a different amount of water, based on how much they sweat, if they are exercising, pregnant, etc. Therefore, we often recommend increasing water intake to see if it helps to reduce migraine symptoms, even if a person thinks that they are drinking enough already.

These are just a few of the migraine triggers that we have seen impact our patients. Fortunately, we have the ability to treat migraines in our office.

Call for help

If you are struggling with migraines, we invite you to call and schedule an appointment so that we can identify ways to treat the condition and help you feel better.