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Don’t Let Those Triggers Get You Down

All my migraine sufferers know what a trigger is. By definition, it’s something that causes a reaction, something to exist. With migraines, there are various triggers. Some people are affected by triggers and some are not. I for one don’t experience migraines due to triggers. Heck chocolate is my best friend. I’ve been known to indulge in a glass of wine or two socially. I do however have auras. I have suffered from migraines for many years. Two of my children suffer from them. My oldest suffered so badly in his teenage years that I would sit and cry with him. But what are these migraine triggers they speak of?

What presses your migraine button?

There are a variety of triggers. One thing we must all keep in mind is that everyone’s experience with migraines is different. In my research I have found that triggers include certain foods, drinks, medications, stress, too much or too little sleep, bright lights, hunger, odors, and hormones, among other things. While there are a number of triggers, foods that contain certain amino acids is the most common. These acids are found in chocolate and certain cheeses. Guess I missed that one. I’m able to find humor in my suffering because I have learned to deal with it, manage it, and not stop living because of it. For many, that is easier said than done. Yet to live the best life possible, if you have a certain food trigger and know it then try and stay away from that food. Let’s say Brie cheese is your trigger. Could you make foods or salads without it? Could you find a substitute? One thing that comes to mind is Havarti and boy is it good! I’ve also heard about Camembert although I honestly haven’t tried it.


As a migraine sufferer, we must find what works best for us. We must try and find a balance. We can’t go with well so and so does this so this just has to work for me. Maybe it will and maybe it won’t. Will you stop trying to find relief because it doesn’t? My suggestion is to keep the migraine book I talk about frequently. When you experience a migraine, write down right quick what you were doing, what you just smelled, or what you just ate. Keeping a log for a period of time and then reviewing for commonality can be the difference between knowing what your trigger is and what isn’t. Take the challenge. Start your migraine diary. In thirty days, let me know what your trigger is.


Here is a good source of information on food triggers. Check it out as it might just contain the trigger for you! Health Central 27 Food Triggers for Migraines.


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