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Migraine triggers

A migraine trigger is any factor that on exposure or withdrawal leads to the development of an acute migraine headache. Triggers may be categorized as behavioral, environmental, infectious, dietary, chemical, or hormonal. (67)

 

Table(2) some common migraine triggers(67)

 


Behavioral

Fasting

Emotions

Sleep disturbances

Stress

Exercise

Environmental

Bright light/visual stimuli

Odors

Weather changes

Cigarette smoke

Infectious

Upper respiratory infections

Dietary

Caffeinated beverages

Alcoholic beverages

Aged cheeses

Chocolate

Ice cream

Chemical

Monosodium glutamate

Tyramine

Nitrates

Aspartame

Hormonal

Menstruation


 

The typical migraine patient is exposed to a myriad of migraine triggers on a daily basis. These triggers potentially can act at various sites within the cerebral vasculature and the central nervous system to promote the development of migraine headache. The challenge to the physician is in the identification and avoidance of migraine trigger factors within patients suffering from migraine headache. (68, 69, 70)