Advice on Migraine Treatments and Remedies
We provide information on the causes,
treatment, and latest research on migraine
headaches. In addition, we review the best natural remedies for migraines as well as good migraine home remedies. Some environmental triggers seem to initiate a migraine attack.
The list of potential migraine triggers is extensive. A handful of well-known categories of migraine triggers—along with a few specific examples within them—are listed below. For the migraine sufferer, fore-warned is fore-armed!
Hormonal shifts. Among women (who are twice as likely as men to suffer from migraines) changing estrogen levels are a common trigger.
Stress. When evaluating the role of stress in triggering your headaches, keep in mind that stress can come from both negative and positive experiences.
Stress relief. A classic migraine pattern is someone who works or studies hard all week, only to collapse with an intense migraine on the weekend.
Sleep disturbances. Missing sleep, getting too much sleep, napping, or even going to bed and getting up on an irregular schedule can trigger migraines for some people.
Sensory stimulation. Bright lights, especially glare from the sun, can produce a migraine, as can other visual stimuli, like flashing lights or eyestrain. Smells—both pleasant and noxious—are another common trigger. Second hand cigarette smoke is a well-known migraine trigger.
Environment. Factors you have no way of controlling can trigger migraines. These include changes in the barometric pressure as weather shifts, changes in altitude (which can mean in-flight headaches), and changes in temperature or humidity.
Exertion. Particularly if you're not used to vigorous exercise, over-exertion can make it more likely that you'll get a migraine.
Medications. Overuse of some over-the-counter pain relievers can actually cause headaches. Pay close attention to your use of caffeine-containing pain relievers, since caffeine is also known to trigger migraines
Dietary triggers. In addition to skipping meals or fasting, specific foods and beverages trigger migraine headaches in many people. There are many different foods that individuals have identified as triggering their migraines. Some of the better-known dietary triggers include:
Caffeine in coffee, tea, or colas
Alcohol (particularly red wine, sherry, and beer)
Chocolate, including hot chocolate and cocoa
Tyramine-containing foods. Tyramine is a chemical by-product created by protein breaking down in aged foods, like certain cheeses. In general, the longer a food ages, the more tyramine it contains. Processed meats can contain tyramine, as well as nitrates and nitrites, which are also triggers for some people.
Food additives. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a key offender against people with migraines.
There is relief available for migraine headaches! In our migraine treatment section, several proven migraine remedies are reviewed, and compared.