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Triggers

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Today I want to talk about triggers, finding your triggers which cause your migraine’s is a big key into controlling your migraine’s.

Everyone has different triggers, caffeine is a major trigger for me, if I have a sip of any drink with caffeine I will get a migraine with in minutes. I haven’t had caffeine or coffee for over seven years now, the only thing I drink is water because I find I get more migraine’s if I drink anything else.

As you go along your migraine journey you will find what triggers your migraine’s, whether it be caffeine which is a major trigger or chocolate, cheese, bright lights, fluorescent lights, being on a computer too long Etc.

For me bright lights, fluorescent lights and computers trigger my migraine’s right away so I had to replace all the bulbs in my house with low wattage LED bulbs, which made a huge difference for me. I also find being on my iPhone or iPad I don’t get migraine’s but if I am on my laptop I will get a migraine.

Triggers:

  • Caffeine ☕️
  • Chocolate 🍫
  • Cheese 🧀
  • Milk 🥛
  • Processed foods
  • Bright lights💡
  • Fluorescent lights 💡
  • Being on a computer 💻 too long
  • Stress
  • Alcohol (Red wine 🍷 especially for me)
  • Lack of sleep 😴
  • Dehydration
  • Hunger
  • Medication overuse
  • Hormonal changes
  • Weather changes (especially when it rains ☔️)

There are probably many more these are just the ones that really affect me.


Some Tips I’ve learned that help with migraine’s are:

  • Inhaling lavender oil can help with migraine pain (I have a diffuser right next to my bed)
  • Massage your neck and temples (I have a neck massager that you put around your neck that works great)
  • Warm your neck & bottom of your head with a heating pad or warm cloth for tension headache’s
  • Relax
  • Minimize stress if you can
  • Make sure your taking your preventive migraine medication (if you have it) on time every day
  • Avoid your triggers
  • Warm lemon water or lemon tea helps with migraine pain
  • Ice at the bottom of your head helps calm your migraine
  • Eating ice cream or something cold can calm the migraine I have found from experience.
  • Make sure your drinking plenty of water because dehydration is a major cause of migraine’s
  • Turn down the brightness on all your devices such as phones and iPads etc.
  • You can even turn down the brightness on your tv (I have found that since doing this my migraine’s have gone down)
  • Put blackout curtains in your bedroom (If any light comes in my room I will wake up with a terrible headache which turns into a migraine)

These are just some of what helps me, they may not help all because we are all different. I hope this helps.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment or message me.

*Disclaimer* I am not a medical professional, my advice/information is all based off of personal experience.

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