It’s important to identify triggers and ensure their effective management to control your attacks. I’ve written that so many times because this thing is so important for each one of us. Today, I would like to offer you ten tips about migraine triggers and how to handle them.
Many migraine triggers can be avoided. This means, you can do or not do some things to avoid these triggers, resulting in fewer attacks. Whoohoo!
Sometimes triggers can be “stackable” or cumulative. That means that when one is present, it won’t bring about an attack, but when two or more of these triggers are there, you can expect an attack. So look out!
Your triggers can even change with time. Sometimes some things may stop being a migraine trigger, and you can easily develop new triggers.
Some migraine triggers can be paradoxical. Caffeine, for instance is a big migraine trigger for some, BUT can be very helpful during an attack for same people. Sometimes caffeine acts as a drug that can make other migraine medications work better and much more quicky!
Dehydration is the easily avoidable trigger, but not all available beverages are best for hydration. Alcohol and Caffeine can be dehydrating, so they are not good choices when you’re trying to stay well hydrated.
Beverages and foods can trigger a migraine up to 80 hours after they have been consumed. This can make it almost impossible to recognize them. The easiest way to ascertain if you have beverage and food triggers is with an elimination diet. You can find more information on elimination diet in Managing Migraine – Migraine Food Triggers.
Migraine triggers are very individualized. Stimuli that may be trigger for you may not be a trigger for other migraineurs, and vice versa.
A hysterectomy is not the best way to control migraines that are triggered by hormonal fluctuations. Following surgical menopause, 73 percent of women around the world found that their migraines got worse.
Migraines don’t just happen; they are triggered. If you fail to identify your triggers, seek medical advice. One of the best way to identify your migraine triggers is by maintaining a migraine diary.
When you’re not feeling well, or are overly tired, you are most susceptible to migraine triggers. During these times, your triggers might be weak may easily bring a migraine even when yo’re feeling well and rested.