What are the Causes of Migraines?
There are plenty of different triggers, conditions, and factors that may cause migraines.
Some of these triggers, you may be completely immune to. On the other hand, you may be very susceptible to others. Keep this in mind while you’re reading this article, and try to pinpoint the triggers we list that you think may be associated with your migraines according to your past experiences.
Remember, no two people have the exact same triggers. Still, it always helps to know which triggers to look out for.
Many people have noted that they often get headaches and migraines due to weather changes. This occurs because drastic changes in temperature and barometric pressure can often set-off migraines.
If you do notice that you’re prone to weather changes, make sure to pay close attention to weather forecasts. More importantly, have your migraine medicine on hand during those times of the year when seasons are changing, such as the beginning of September, the beginning of March, etc.
Exposure to sudden and direct sunlight can often trigger a migraine as well. If you are prone to migraines, it’s always best to wear sunglasses or a hat during sunny days.
We should also note that artificial light can cause migraines as well, not just light from the sun. If this is the case for you, you can always look into getting natural or incandescent lights at your workplace or in your home.
Have you ever wondered why you get more migraines while you’re menstruating, or why they seemed to be really bad during a pregnancy? That’s because migraines are often associated with hormonal changes occurring in your body.
A common solution to this problem comes in the form of birth-control pills. For some reason, birth control can often offset those chemical reactions to hormonal changes that tend to lead to migraines.
Last but not least, your migraine problem may very well stem from certain things you eat which your body reacts negatively too.
If you are prone to migraines, stay away from food that is high in MSG or other food additives. Here are several other common, migraine-inducing foods, including:
• Processed meat and cheese-type foods such as pizza.
• Red wine, beer, and alcohol in general.
• Fresh-baked goods including donuts, bread, cakes, and rolls.
• Dairy products including milk, buttermilk, yogurt, and sour cream.
• And more….
Of course, you can’t stay away from all these foods all the time. But if you start to notice a trend with a certain type of food and your migraines, try to stay away from it.
You can also consult your physician and ask them about your newfound food observation to see if that particular food or food type is often identified with migraines.
Hopefully this article gave you a decent list of migraine triggers to look out for. Again, there are plenty of other common and uncommon triggers that we haven’t listed due to time.
That being said, remember to carefully observe and note potential triggers that you feel have led to your migraines. Some will obviously be nothing more than false notions.
But by habitually making observations of your daily lifestyle, you may be able to pinpoint what trigger it is that’s causing your migraines. And from there, it’ll be much easier to find a cure or diminish the frequency of your problem.