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Ryan Unger

Interesting, I've never heard a complaint like that. I doubt that was what triggered the migraine, but it could be possible.

What causes migraines?

Some people who suffer from migraines can clearly identify triggers or factors that cause the headaches, but many cannot. Potential migraine triggers include:

  • Allergies and allergic reactions

  • Bright lights, loud noises and certain odors or perfumes

  • Physical or emotional stress

  • Changes in sleep patterns or irregular sleep

  • Smoking or exposure to smoke

  • Skipping meals or fasting

  • Alcohol

  • Menstrual cycle fluctuations, birth control pills, hormone fluctuations during menopause onset

  • Tension headaches

  • Foods containing tyramine (red wine, aged cheese, smoked fish, chicken livers, figs, and some beans), monosodium glutamate (MSG), or nitrates (like bacon, hot dogs and salami)

  • Other foods such as chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, avocado, banana, citrus, onions, dairy products and fermented or pickled foods.

Triggers do not always cause migraines and avoiding triggers does not always prevent migraines.