Migraine Triggers And Risk Factors: The Quick Guide

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Migraines can come on quickly and, seemingly, out of the blue without any warning. However, if you’ve had migraines for a while you start to notice signs when a migraine attack is on its way. Although migraines are not fully understood, we know the environment and genetics are involved. Identifying and avoiding your triggers can help you prevent future attacks.

So on to the nitty gritty…

Migraine Triggers And Risk Factors

Migraine Triggers

Related: 10 Signs You’re Having A Migraine

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Soft cheeses and nuts are a migraine trigger for some people.

Migraine Risk Factors

Related: 10 Effective Treatments For Migraines

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The Takeaway

Knowing your migraine triggers and the risk factors involved is an excellent preventative tool. Also, keeping a migraine diary can help you recognize common patterns. I’ve found an app that serves this purpose and I absolutely love it! It’s called Migraine Buddy and it is free.

You can learn more about it here: Migraine Buddy: THE App For People With Migraines

Also, if you have a child who suffers from migraines you might find Migraine Headaches In Children: Types, Symptoms & Treatments helpful.


What are your migraine triggers? 

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Migraine Headaches In Children: Types, Symptoms & Treatments

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Migraine headaches are quite common. If fact, more than 3 million cases are reported each year in the United States. Migraines include a host of neurological symptoms. They tend to run in families and are often debilitating. Consequently, the symptoms often incapacitate sufferers, causing loss of work and time spent missing out on life.

For example, when I get a migraine I’m so out of it from the intense pain, nausea and blindness caused by the aura that literally all I can do is treat it and lie down until it subsides, which is usually hours later. And after that, I typically don’t feel like myself again until two or three days later. Can you relate?

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, about 10% of school-age children suffer from migraine headaches. It’s hard enough for adults who get migraines, but for children, it can be especially difficult and scary.

So what else do we know about these excruciating headaches? Specifically, there are several types of migraines.

7 Types Of Migraines

  • migraine with aura
  • migraine without headache (or typical aura without headache)
  • chronic migraine
  • migraine without aura
  • hemiplegic migraine (a type of migraine with aura)
  • migraine with brainstem aura (formerly basilar migraine)
  • retinal migraine (also called ocular or ophthalmic migraine)
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Artificial colors and flavors can trigger a migraine.

Next, there are many common migraine triggers.

Migraine Triggers

  • changes in sleep patterns, such as sleeping too much or too little
  • stress and anxiety
  • changes in caffeine consumption, such as drinking too much or too little
  • teeth grinding
  • changes in routines
  • red wine
  • cheese
  • changes in exercise routines, such as a lack of exercise or working out too intensely when you’re not used to it
  • hunger
  • oral contraceptives
  • artificial colors and flavorings in foods
  • environmental changes such as weather, loud noises, strong smells, flickering lights
  • computer screens
  • additives in food, such as aspartame and nitrates found in processed meats
  • dehydration from not drinking enough water

Related: 9 Surprising Benefits Of Lemon Water

Migraine Headaches In Children

Now that we know the different types of migraines as well as migraine triggers, let’s take a look at the SlideShare presentation below to learn more about migraine headaches in children.

Presentation provided by Diamond Headache Clinic

The Takeaway

In short, as you can see from the slide presentation above there are many special considerations concerning children and migraines. I hope this post helped you better understand the types, symptoms and triggers of migraine headaches.

For more information about migraines you may want to read:


Do you or your child get migraines? What treatments (natural or medical) help?

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The information provided in this article has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat, prevent, diagnose or cure any disease or health problem.

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Migraine Buddy: THE App For People With Migraines

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I just learned about this amazing new app and wanted to share it with you guys right away! It’s called Migraine Buddy, it’s free and available for both iOS and Android devices. I’ve checked out all the features and I’m impressed. Below is more about the app and what it can do for you.

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Migraine Buddy App

This free app is an all-inclusive tool to help you track, manage and prevent migraines. And, best of all, it was designed by some really smart people, including scientists and neurologists. Who better to help with migraines, right?!

Here a few of the features:

  • Record your migraines, past and present
  • Easy to use format
  • Helps user identify migraine triggers, symptoms, pain intensity, frequency and duration
  • Record medications and other remedies used for prevention and relief
  • Tracks sleep patterns
  • Allows you to interact with other “Buddies” about your migraines
  • Gives personalized reports to help monitor treatment efficacy
  • Has a Notes section for recording mood, foods eaten, weather and more
  • Easy to use questionnaires

The Takeaway

As you can see, the app offers many functions for the user. And I don’t know how it tracked my sleep so accurately, but it did; I compared it to my Fitbit Alta HR, which I wear all the time, and it was only about 2 minutes different. I don’t sleep with my phone in bed either due to the EMFs; my cell was on the floor all night. So, I’m not sure how this feature works exactly, but it was surprisingly precise.

If you’re like me, I have many migraines that are triggered by sleep deprivation, so I’m loving the accuracy of this feature! And the app is much easier and more thorough than keeping a hand-written migraine diary. So, check it out and let me know what you think!

More Information About Migraines


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10 Effective Treatments For Migraines

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Did you know over 12% of the population has migraines? (This includes children.)  🙁

Migraines include an array of neurological symptoms. They also tend to run in families and are debilitating, causing a loss of productivity in work and missing out on life in general.

Treatments for Migraines

There are a variety of treatment options for people who suffer from migraines. Personally, I’ve tried a variety of treatments, exploring both holistic and traditional medicine. For me, a combination of both works best.

My current treatment regimen includes taking steps to prevent my migraine triggers. For example, I know that skipping meals is one of my triggers, so I am mindful of this and try not to go too long without eating.

The bright sun or fluorescent lights can also be a problem, so I wear dark sunglasses when I’m outside, and my sweet husband had the windows on my car tinted to the darkest shade that is legal. 🙂

I also take supplements that have been proven to help migraine sufferers (more on this later).

When I have a migraine, I immediately drink a cup of coffee (Caution: Caffeine is a trigger for some people) and close the shades in our bedroom if I’m at home. If the radio is on I turn it off to eliminate noise.

I take anti-nausea medicine (Zofran), 3 or 4 Ibuprofen, and migraine medicine, Fioricet with Codeine. I’ve tried different medicines over the years, including Excedrin Migraine (which didn’t seem to do anything for me) but this combination seems to help me the most.

Even though we have room-darkening curtains, I usually cover my eyes with a washcloth to block out every bit of light. If you get migraines you may understand how painful light is.

I’ve also found that applying a cool compress to my head and face can help. I use essential oils as well. My favorites for migraines include peppermint, M-Grain, frankincense, lavender, and PanAway.

What about you? What treatments help you when you get a migraine?

As always, please consult with your doctor to help you decide what treatments are best for you.

Here are 10 that may help relieve your migraines.

Natural Treatments

  • Hydration – Drink a lot of water to keep your body hydrated. Dehydration is a trigger for some people.
  • Diet – Avoid foods which contain MSG, nitrates and nitrites, such as hot dogs.
  • Acupuncture – is effective for many. In one study, people receiving several acupuncture treatments reported fewer migraines and less side effects (1).
  • Stress management – including yoga, relaxation techniques and Tai Chi
  • Massage therapy – You can do this yourself by massaging your temples or asking someone to rub your shoulders, neck and back (2).
  • Supplements – Coenzyme Q-10, Magnesium, melatonin and Vitamin B-2 may help prevent migraines and/or make them less intense.

Medical Treatments

  • Pain relievers – NSAIDS, aspirin and Tylenol may be effective for reducing pain, especially combined with other treatments.
  • Triptans – This group of drugs includes Imitrex, Maxalt and Zomig.
  • Antidepressants – These are a possible option for people suffering from anxiety or depression.
  • Tricyclics – This group of drugs includes nortriptyline and amytriptyline. These are given in low doses daily to treatments for migrainesprevent migraines and are good for people who trouble sleeping.

Experiencing recurring migraines is difficult, but with all the treatment options there is hope for relief and a better quality of life.


I would love to hear from you about your experiences with migraines. What have you tried that works? Do you have any natural remedies that help?

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