What causes migraine headaches?The exact cause of migraine headaches is not known; however there are many theories. Migraines may be triggered by several factors such as changes in your environment, behavior, diet, physical condition, or drugs that you take.
Physical triggers of a migraine:
- ovarian cycle disorders
Pharmacologic triggers include:
Dietary triggers include:
(aged cheeses and fermented foods)
(present in some OTC drugs and chocolate)
(preservatives used in sausage, bacon, and lunch
- citrus foods and products
Missing meals, changing your sleep routine, and stress are behavioral triggers that can start migraine headaches. Ask yourself a few questions to determine if your environment is triggering some of your migraine attacks:
you get headaches when you use certain household products or
perfumes? Strong odors are frequently a trigger for migraines.
It took me years to figure out why I got headaches when I did a
big cleaning job, perfume is almost nonexistent in my
you get migraines when the weather changes?
you feel bright or blinking lights bother you?
- Are you under acute stress?