Identify 7 Simple Triggers for Migraine Headaches – End Them Forever

Learn the right way to identify and avoid the common triggers for migraine headaches In 7 simple steps.

How exactly does one cure a chronic problem such as a migraine headache? When the dreaded migraine starts, it is all you can do to go lay in a silent, dark room. Unfortunately, our busy hectic lives do not allow us the luxury of laying in bed for a couple hours a couple times a month. The migraine headache has certainly been demonized but it is a warning symptom to tell you that something is not functioning properly in your body. I am going to go through an incomplete list of 7 simple steps to identify and avoid the common triggers for migraine headaches.

Step 1. Get plenty of sleep

This means that you need to get to bed early, avoid late night television, avoid exercising at night, and avoid stimulants, like caffeinated tea and coffee, in the afternoon to ensure a proper nights sleep. Lack of sleep and overuse of caffeine have been linked to migraines.

Step 2. Decrease stress and anxiety

This step can be extremely important because normally the attack does not happen until the stress is over and therefore, it is not correlated as being a contributing factor to a migraine headache.

Step 3. Hormone fluctuations

This will imply that migraines may occur more often surrounding or during the menstrual cycle, using birth control, or using estrogen replacement therapy. Sometimes women may experience their first migraine early in pregnancy and will diminish after the first trimester. Also women can experience a decrease in migraines if they switch to a low-dose contraceptive.

Step 4. Missing a meal or fasting

This will probably involve eating more frequently, eating dense protein, eating fat, and making sure emergency snacks are available for drops in the blood sugar.

Step 5. Avoid certain foods

A significant point to keep in mind here is certain foods like wine, cheese, processed foods, sodas, sugar, chocolate and other foods have been linked to migraines. Ever heard the saying you are what you eat?

Step 6. Identify any head traumas or head injuries because they are often linked to chronic migraines

Step 7. Other triggers could be light glares, flickering lights, drugs, medications, cold foods, muscle spasms, spinal joint dysfunction, and pungent odors

You are now almost there! Remember, It is important to identify what you were doing proceeding the migraine to identify the triggers of the migraines. Migraines can also be a combination of any the above items.

 

Ann Barter

Dr. Ann Barter & Dr. Jennifer Christian

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