“In a word, my worst trigger is ______.”

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  • Butterfly1960
    3 years ago

    Strong Perfumes
    smell of mildew ( can smell it a mile away )
    Strong Odors
    Smell of burnt eggs
    Muscle tremors start with migraine minutes behind them

  • Tammy Stephens McDonald
    4 years ago

    In a word my worst trigger is lack of sleep.

  • Ramona
    4 years ago

    Weather

  • b bigley
    4 years ago

    Definitely gluten. I had daily chronic migraines for 20 years. Nothing helped even Botox treatments or any migraine medications. I went on gluten free foods 5 years ago and have had 2 short lived migraines since. Those I attributed to carmel in foods [there are many]. Wheat is used to carmellize. There are numerous foods with wheat that you wouldn’t normally think of. It is an easy diet to be on AND I lost 30 pounds really fast. NO MORE baked things!

  • Niki
    4 years ago

    Hormones. To alleviate symptoms of menopause and heavy menstruation, I take Levora for 84 days straight and skip the weeks of placebo pills. This has also alleviated or at least minimized most of my migraines. Before I would have migraines the entire week of placebo pills. I do have to take a week off every 84 days and have migraines almost daily for that week. This is in spite of the propranolol. Fortunately, I have found that the nasal spray form of sumatriptan works much faster than the pill.

  • Corena
    4 years ago

    I’ve read thru the posts and saw all but one of my triggers mentioned, Lavender. The stuff kills me and is hidden in so many things,
    cosmetics, hygiene products and even food items like tea. Supposed to be relaxing. Ha!

  • simplygourdjus
    4 years ago

    weather

  • Ramona
    4 years ago

    Bingo

  • Karen Curry
    4 years ago

    Sugar and any form of it such as honey, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, artificial sweeteners. I’ve found the only sweeter I can use that doesn’t give me a migraine is Nectresse.

  • Niki
    4 years ago

    Have you tried Truvia? That doesn’t seem to cause me the problems the other things do. It doesn’t have the after taste of stevia either, which is great.

  • Still Smiling
    4 years ago

    Lack of sleep is my biggest trigger, but I also think I’m hypoglycaemic as I get an instant migraine if I eat Jam on toast! 🙁 Other triggers include:

    noise (I have to jam my hands over my ears when an emergency vehicle goes past, even on a non-migraine day!)
    weather (especially if a storm is brewing or too bright sunlight)
    bright lights
    skipping meals
    oversleeping
    glare from TVs/Computer’s etc
    travelling (i get travel sickness that will trigger a migraine!)
    not drinking enough
    being on the tv/computer for too long
    exercise! (i can’t do any form of exercise without triggering a migraine!)

  • Niki
    4 years ago

    When you are not getting enough sleep or sleeping too long, you may be waking up with a REM sleep induced migraine. I have had this happen a few times and they are the worst! My neurologist gave me an injectable form of sumatriptan for these times. It works much faster than anything else because it goes right into your system. it works kind of like an epi-pen.

  • betsyd
    4 years ago

    Oh boy….these all sound real familiar! Just add sugar and a stiff neck to the list and ya got me!

  • LConlon
    4 years ago

    Noise.
    If I am in a noisy public place for too long I will get a migraine later. It wears me out…..and all the other triggers mentioned below.

  • deejaye
    4 years ago

    Strong smells – mainly perfumes & cologne but anything strong, too much or hoo little sleep, weather changes.

  • Ramona
    4 years ago

    Yes, yes, yes. Though my chemical sensitivities got a little better when I stopped using nasal steroids and went back to prescription allergy pill. Something about the nasal sprays really intensified my sensitivity. Now flonase is otc.

  • Lmcfalls
    4 years ago

    Red wine. It means an almost instant migraine. I have many other triggers but red wine is consistent and causes a severe migraine quickly. I have tried premedicating and it is useless. Next on the list would be any other alcohol. I am not much of a drinker obviously! Could be worse, I realize but it is human nature to want what you can’t have. Cured meats, aged cheeses, nuts, cherries, dried fruits, chocolate,MSG, flashing lights, strong smells, weather changes, loud noises, lack of sleep, too much sleep, crying, stress, increased BP, exercise, being sick with other illness, anger, talking loudly. I am thankful for Botox, Cefaly and topamax as well as what I can eat, drink and do plus improvements for us all in the future.

  • Niki
    4 years ago

    Red wine for me too. I call it a migraine in a bottle. And whenever we have guests, they always bring wine as a gift. I don’t want to be rude so I just say thank you. It’s a shame, really, because I used to be able to drink it and loved it.

  • Megan
    4 years ago

    Bright/ flashing lights, odd smells, stress, lack of sleep.

  • Paulaff
    4 years ago

    Flickering light. The ‘strobing effect’ caused by the sun filtering through the trees from my side window when I’m driving means instant migraine if I don’t move my visor over to the side.

  • Ramona
    4 years ago

    I believe flickering florescent lights trigger mine at work.

  • jeannieburga
    4 years ago

    I feel your pain, or should I say experience your aura. People look at me like I’m crazy when I describe this trigger. Thank you for sharing. I have gone from the visual aura starting at the differing intensity of light to complete blindness in one eye, usually the left one. I have gone up on the curb twice, gone through stop signs and through red lights. I almost hit a young man recently, who stepped off the curb to cross the street. It’s scary.

  • mia
    4 years ago

    Hormones. I think even if I could avoid all my other triggers (food, sleep, weather, smells) I would still get a multi-day migraine due to hormonal changes every single month. It seems like it’s should be easier to control since they know what causes it, but I think I’ve tried it all. It’s by far the worst and the most guaranteed trigger. Period. 😉

  • Niki
    4 years ago

    Me too! I take Levora birth control pills for 84 days straight and then a week off. It helps a lot. I just have to deal with that week off every 84 days. I was actually put on this regimen to control symptoms of menopause but I have heard of others taking this same pill for migraines.

  • Lynn Voedisch
    4 years ago

    The weather–or the barometric pressure rising and falling. It’s getting to be my only trigger, but there is stress and MSG too.

  • Ramona
    4 years ago

    None of my preventative meds seem to help with the weather migraines.

  • Rosiebelle
    4 years ago

    The weather! Rain, snow, thunder storms, changes in barometric pressure! Which happens regularly! Also sitting a certain way.. I am fine one minute then suddenly I have a whopper of a headache!. Flashing sunlight triggers optical migraines and those are unstoppable. Changing light- like going from a bright room in to a dark closet. Watching tv sometimes! I realize that I can’t see half of the picture and it’s over. I have just enough time to cancel whatever I was going to do. Sleeping late is a guarantee of a migraine. In college I used to have to be up and out by 8am or I’d be in bed for days! Certain times of year are worse but I can’t pinpoint why. My entire family gets them and everyone’s triggers are different!

  • Emmy
    4 years ago

    strong smells I cultivate basil and albahaca so that day when I have to cut the leaves… is the worst.

    MSG
    flashlights
    very loud noises
    lights in general
    chocolates
    drinking a lot of coffee
    sleeping a lot
    not sleeping enough
    not eating
    not eating enough
    not eating on time
    stress
    anxiety
    when I’m angry
    and continuing looking for triggers.

  • Christine S.
    4 years ago

    My teenager,a.k.a. STRESS…

  • DCrazy
    4 years ago

    Wow, it feels really good to know that I’m not paranoid thinking my “triggers” are real. Thank you all for your input!! Here are my worst ones:

    – WEATHER CHANGES – Spring/Fall are by far the worst months for me
    – SALTY FOOD – Two canned meals in one day = 2 day migraine
    – FLICKERING LIGHTS – I dodge them like an old high school crush
    – BRIGHT LIGHTS – I literally close my eyes when I turn the bathroom light on at night
    – MSG – I can tell you every Chinese food place that has that on the menu
    – COMPUTERS – I can NOT strain my eyes to see the screen, and must look away every few seconds.
    – (Odd One) – Any sudden cold breeze on my forehead
    – (Odd One) – KFC Fried Chicken. Omg – the following day – like clockwork. Have heard it from several people.

    Id also like to say that I _HATE_ when my doctors all assume that my migraines are due to my “monthlys” just because I am a female! Yeah, once in a while I can’t rule it out. But when I said that weather was the main trigger, I got looked at like a Looney. Glad to see it truly is a trigger that bothers fellow sufferers.

  • Ramona
    4 years ago

    No one seemed to believe my weather trigger until I started seeing a female neurologist who specializes in migraines.

  • Sarah
    4 years ago

    HORMONES

  • Shaylie
    4 years ago

    My worst ones would have to be weather changes, lack of sleep, dehydration, nitrates, exercise, heat,cold,and strong smells.

  • Gina
    4 years ago

    Gina Here, I have found that the first triggers I get are the stiff neck,nausea, and just lately pain behind one or both eyes. Triggers can be bright lights also and eating sugars. Stress build up also will cause one to flare.

  • JenG
    4 years ago

    Weather/pressure changes
    Stress

  • docd
    4 years ago

    Sleep deprivation
    Flashing lights
    not sure which is worse

  • Jodi
    4 years ago

    My worst triggers are scents – perfumes, colognes, scented body lotions, car exhaust, strongly-scented chemical cleaners… instant nausea in my gut shooting through my entire digestive system, followed by sharp, pulsing, debilitating head pain ten minutes later. Work can be difficult at times, because so many staff members at my school are unwilling to change their perfume habits, even though my classroom is a “scent-free” zone. Meeting with colleagues in enclosed spaces is a problem. I often wear a mask, sit by the door or open window, and have to leave early during staff meetings.

  • Pat
    4 years ago

    One of my worst triggers is stress…loud noises.

  • Potato
    4 years ago

    Apologies, I mentioned a symptom…I’m in day 3 of a migraine!

    The worst trigger for me is bright light going directly into my eyes
    Flickering lights
    Perfume
    Stress
    Dark chocolate

  • Potato
    4 years ago

    Depersonalisation. When I no longer feel like I connect with the external world and that my actions/behaviour no longer impact anyone or anything. This is when I know I took Sumatriptan too late and either get home quick, have someone else drive me home or if I’m home, get to bed and deep breath and get ready for the battering.

  • slhart
    4 years ago

    I think my triggers pile up and then the migraine explodes so the final straw trigger changes from day to day.

    Smells (perfume, car exhaust, chocolate, etc.)
    Noise (any sound that bothers me)
    Lights (sun, florescent, head lights, etc.)
    Stress
    Schedule changes
    MSG (any processed food)

  • Devi Bala
    4 years ago

    1. Traveling in car with AC on in a hot day
    2. Perfume inside car
    3. Theater Sounds
    4. Bright Lights
    5. Crowd and Noise
    6. Too much of thinking over stuffs
    7. Work Pressure
    8.Aiming for perfection……………..and it goes on…

  • HerbyH
    4 years ago

    My worse trigger is Nitrate or Nitride food additives(preservatives). The very worse being sausage or hotdogs that aren’t preservative free. I’m not Jewish but I learned that Kosher meats don’t cause me to have migraines. I started having migraines when I was about 12 years old. I’m now 70 years old and my migraines triggers have changed somewhat. Now that I’m older stress seems to be a more prevalent trigger than food additives. I have the type of migraine that starts with vision distortion followed my migrating numbness that starts in my left hand and gradually moves up my arm to my face. Then I get what I call the Goofy Stage, when I can no longer speak properly.(I think one thing but something totally different comes out of my mouth. This Goofy Stage usually only lasts 15 to 30 minutes. Then the excruciating headache sets in and usually lasts several hours, followed by a hangover the next day. I’ve tried all the suggested prescription drugs, but none work. I now rely on Excedrin Migraine pills and they help a lot. They lessen the severity and duration of my attacks, and you can buy them over the counter without a RX.

  • Rosiebelle
    4 years ago

    I am almost 60 and have had mine since I was 12 years old . I get the loss of vision, numbness on one side and sometimes I can’t talk straight. I can’t take imetrex or maxsalt and use fiorinal as needed. Some of my headaches are just the headache but no visual issues or numbness! I feel your pain!

  • Katherin M. Cline
    4 years ago

    99% of my migraine triggers are scents. It’s a horrible way to live – worrying about going anywhere in fear of some horrid perfume/cologne/deodorant/shampoo, etc. instantly triggering a migraine. I have to deal with a moron of a co-worker who refuses to “change bathing habits” b/c of my “condition”. I have to sit in my office with the outside door open even in the winter months b/c she wreaks. Several doctors letters on file and boss has also told her NOT to wear whatever it is she is wearing. She is a disrespectful moron.

  • sharonanne
    4 years ago

    It has ALWAYS baffled me how something that smells sickening to me, is sold as “pleasant smelling” on the market to the masses? I am so on board with your plight here, I feel for you.

    I’ve walked into a room full of women and had to turn around and right out, due to the conflicting degree of the combined deodorants, perfumes and a dryer sheet smell coming off somebody’s clothing. I came close to passing out in the hallway, I nearly made it home and within 20 minutes was struck with a migraine.

  • Brenda
    4 years ago

    Dehydration.

  • ClaraSantana
    4 years ago

    Flickering lights, strobe lights, bright lights, weather, msg, nitrates, alcohol, skipping meals, pine nuts, lack of sleep, sinuses/allergies, the smell of bleach & when I get my fibromyalgia.

  • Cynthi
    4 years ago

    I have a lot of “worst” triggers

    My top 3 are: 1. Exercise/moving 2. Heat and 3. Not eating in a timely manner.

    Top 5 would be 4. Weather changes and 5. It must be a day of the week that ends in the letter “y”.

  • elainede
    4 years ago

    MSG. aka: yeast extract, calcium chloride and many other disguised names.

    Unfortunately, alcohol of any kind is in a dead heat with MSG.

  • Dina
    4 years ago

    Sleep (too much or too less..)

  • lterry0303
    4 years ago

    In no particular order my triggers are the weather, (which messes with the arthritis in my neck and gives me a migraine), hormonal changes, crying,(happy or sad), strong floral perfumes and cleaners,room spray, etc., freshly cut grass, and sunlight bouncing off the hood of the car while driving.

  • Jenny
    4 years ago

    By far my worst trigger is the weather! I can tell you about two days in advance of when a storm is going to hit, and not have looked at any weather stations. It starts with the build up of pressure in my head that I can feel in my teeth, and the roof of my mouth. From there the migraine symptoms vary until my head feels like it’s going to explode by the time the rain hits.

  • Ramona
    4 years ago

    Yes exactly. I get loud ringing in my ears and dizziness as well.

  • Robert
    4 years ago

    I am writing about a strange phenomenon which effects me.

    When I first moved to Ann Arbor Michigan from Berkeley in 1973, I experienced a strange strobe effect when driving in the morning during winter when the sun was low. This strobe effect caused by light flashing through the trees caused me to feel strange lose continuity of the images. Since then I have driven with my hand blocking the sunlight.

    I have over the years experienced the same kind of effect from some lights in supermarkets.
    This has become worse recently (3 years) to the point that I cannot keep my eyes locked on food labels on the shelves in brightly lit stores.

    Just last week it was so bad I had to quit shopping and leave the supermarket. I was trying to shop in the meat cooler and could not keep an image locked in long enough to read the labels.

    The experience is like a strobe light in a bar producing a series of still images rather than a continuous dynamic image.

    I went to a neurologist for treatment. I had an MRI which detected a tiny tumor in the lining around my brain. He assured me that could not be causing my problem.
    Other than that, tests all normal. He did nerve conduction tests on my legs and said I had peripheral neuropathy probably due to pre-diabetes condition. He gave me some medication (Gabapenton
    300 mg 1/day for one week then 2/day) that has not seemed to help my leg pains or visual problem. The whole issue of the strobe effect seems to have fallen by the wayside which was the original reason for going.

    As I explained, a week or so ago the episode was so bad I had to leave the store. By looking down and keeping my eyes on the cream colored tiles, the effect went away.

    High efficiency fluorescent light have been installed in supermarkets all over as well as in food display cabinets. This has occurred over the last 3-5 years. The lights use high frequency ballasts instead of the old 60 cycle ballasts where all synced to the line frequency.

    I think that there are hetrodyne effects between the lights in the fixtures causing low frequency (not visible) fluctuations in the light intensity causing my problems (epileptic episodes?).

  • LadyBug679
    4 years ago

    Smells

  • Deirdre2
    4 years ago

    barometer. I have a weather map app, and I can tell you to the minute when the pressure changes. Check it, and there it is.

  • Homeschoolmom
    4 years ago

    Weather change. That’s two words.

  • gypsy.soul
    4 years ago

    I actually have two; flashing lights and rain.

  • Deirdre2
    4 years ago

    flashing can do it do me too. I had one start from the lights off the water while I was kayaking. Went into a seizure which wouldn’t stop, had to be airlifted to a top-level hospital and was put into a medically-induced coma. I don’t go on lakes any more. 🙁

  • Merri
    4 years ago

    Weather.

  • jeannieburga
    4 years ago

    Don’t hate ALL weather Merri. There’s hope. After suffering with migraine w/ aura for over 25 years, I can say that I do like cloudy days best! The bright sun can be tough when shining through trees. The rain can be tough when running down your windshield, whether wipers are on or off. And clear moonlit skies can through a weird shadow on everything if you’re out in it long enough! We learn and adapt. I love all weather now. Hang in there.

  • Deirdre2
    4 years ago

    Which part specifically?

  • k_nelson
    4 years ago

    Who knows…smells, weather, perfume, bright lights, msg, aged cheese…the list goes on. Though taking epsom salt baths EVERY night helps. Doctors always just say “You are too young for these.” I am under 16 and have been getting them for 3 years now. The last year or so I get one or two really bad ones every week and miss school. Any suggestions???

  • k_nelson
    4 years ago

    Thank you so much schutzelb!

  • schutzelb
    4 years ago

    First, never let people tell you it is something you are causing yourself to have. Second, if you can go to a medical doctor, ask if they are related to hormones. Mine were, and the worst one was when I ovulated, but I had them all month starting 1 year before I got a period. I had something called poly-cystic ovarian disease. Now they can help girls with this with a variety of treatments that are really worth it. Also read on here and see if you see other things that seem to bring them on. Weather was another bad one for me. Letting my feet or hands be cold was another. There are many things that can trigger them. My really bad ones stopped at menopause. But you are 16, so be aggressive about trying to figure out some things that can help them. If you have 15 or more days per month that are involved with migraine, don’t just accept it and try to tough it out.

  • andy
    4 years ago

    I don’t know – I wish I did

  • RebeccaJHB
    4 years ago

    I tracked for years. Never really found a trigger. MAYBE light and traveling. I often have them thee same days as other people, so I suspect weather, but it doesn’t show on my tracking.

  • Deirdre2
    4 years ago

    Andy, there is a computer app called ubiqi that helps you track your migraines. You can put in anything you think might be a potential trigger, and then to check it off whenever you have a migraine. It also lets you list your medications and other things you do to treat yourself. You can print out a report to take to your doctor. I find it very helpful

  • jeanne624
    4 years ago

    breathing. I know it has been said before but that is how it feels right now.

    Seriously,

    So many food triggers:
    Caffeine, chocolate, onions, aged cheese,fresh pineapple, fresh bread, MSG, nitrates

    Giant trigger – Cleaning products – I can only use the “all-natural” cleaners. A bottle of Pine-Sol can put me in hospital within 24 hours.

    Stress

    Never really thought about weather changes to be honest, but I do know that I usually feel 100% better during the summer months.

    Loud noises – Unfortunately, I have had to watch a few concerts from the hall because could not take the noise.

    When I look at someone standing in a bright window and I just see their shadow – that can be an immediate trigger.

    Weird one – certain skin creams. I can’t put my finger on a specific ingredient, but I just know that a new one can set me off.

    Dealing with one today, so I am in a “feel sorry for myself” mood. Tired of family members who don’t understand. Had a comment this weekend, “You’re always sick.” I am sure it will get better.

  • Sparkle
    4 years ago

    Tension headaches from neck inflammation (OA) that last more than a few days almost always result in a full blown Migraine for me. Particularly, if a low weather system hits… 🙁

  • James
    4 years ago

    Caffeine

  • schutzelb
    4 years ago

    My “monster headaches” left at menopause, but I still have 15 or more lesser migraines from weather, chemicals that can be inhaled when off-gassing from products (perfumes, bug spray, cleaning products, shoe polishes: products containing ethanols, phenols, formaldehyde.) I am lucky to rarely get food triggers, but have had onion, lemon, tomato all offend. Biggest problem for me is that I seem to loose my sense of smell when around loud odors, and can sit around them for a long time without knowing, until somebody complains, and I realize, “Oh, no!” When people say, you are sick all the time, what do you say to that???

  • grammayumyum
    4 years ago

    Looking at everyone else’s comments, I see that I left out many triggers from my previous post. I eliminated them as much as possible so long ago, I don’t think about them consciously anymore:
    MSG
    Sulfates/nitrites
    Food colorings
    Insufficient sleep
    Skipping a meal
    Perfumes/colognes
    Cigarette smoke
    Repetitive vibrating sound (electric guitar, loud fan, monotonous drumbeat)
    Someone’s voice with a noticeable rasp
    Loud voice(s)
    Heat
    Crying

  • grammayumyum
    4 years ago

    Flickering lights of any kind — fluorescent lights, shadows of trees across the street with sunlight shining through, headlights, neon signs, football games and commercials on TV that flash blasts of white light, etc.
    And barometric pressure changes, especially changing to a low pressure system.

  • Chana
    4 years ago

    I have one or two bulging discs in my neck and had headaches with migraines for 9 years so far. Since 2007 I have had migraines almost daily.
    Some of my triggers are: sunlight, flashing lights, perfume, fuel smells, fresh cut grass, smell of wood shavings, cantaloupe, honey dew, whatever preservative is in Tyson chicken, cheddar cheese, sleeping to little or too much (I used to sleep sitting up and wouldn’t wake with a migraine, now I have to lay down with strong neck support) leather, loudness, emotions, change in weather, hormones, stress, there are so many foods that I just can not eat, florescent lights, exercise, raising my voice almost makes me pass out.
    I am sure that there are many other triggers but those are just a few. I work with a neurologist and all they want to do is throw pills at me. I have tried botox and it helps for the first month but I still have slight headaches that I am afraid will turn into a migraine if I do not avoid triggers.

  • Rose
    4 years ago

    Rose Cold weather augmented by the wind.

  • littleb15
    4 years ago

    Beth says: Weather/pressure changes and exposure to loud noise for prolonged time.

  • John
    4 years ago

    Msg, nitrates, smells preservatives, bright lights, loud noise, yeast barometric change and many more. To me a trigger is an equal opportunity beginning to a debilitating event therefore all triggers are the worst!

  • Debbie
    4 years ago

    Oh where do I start? Oranges, bananas, MSG, aspartame, pressure changes due to weather, crying (happy or sad).

    I HATE it when I tell someone about my migraines, and they respond with “Oh I had a migraine once.”

    ONCE.

    Sorry honey that wasn’t a migraine. *sigh*

  • ialisauskas
    4 years ago

    After walking my dogs (1 mi) at a reasonable pace before noontime, 4-6 hrs later I experience that horrible feeling that a migraine is developing & I medicate myself. Told my doc. this years ago and I had a brain scan with no anomaly noted. I eat beforehand. This does not happen every time I walk them, but cannot figure out the actual trigger. Oh, well.

  • Ruth
    4 years ago

    Crying! If I cry even a little bit, but especially a hard cry will always trigger a migraine.

  • Allyson_Bergthold
    4 years ago

    Loud noises, bananas, perfume, hot dogs, hormones, stress, snow, pain killers, not sleeping, not drinking enough water

  • RRAMEY
    4 years ago

    I’ve had migraines since for 47 years. My migraine triggers vary from day to day. Sometimes the following can possibly trigger a migraine:
    1. Weather changes especially excessive heat; barometric sudden changes
    2. Food – nitrates; aged cheese; bananas; dried cranberries, chocolate, avocados, margarita, preservatives
    3. Hormones
    4. Back pain – both cervical and lumbar stenosis
    5. Stress
    6. Loud noises

  • Clairie
    4 years ago

    I’ve tracked mine for over a year and have yet to find specific patterns or triggers. It does what it wants, which is almost worse, as then I cant control or stop it – there’s nothing to avoid. Most people seem to have the same triggers. ‘yay’ for being different?

  • schutzelb
    4 years ago

    But if your trigger is hormones, any change in them can make you have a migraine; doesn’t have to be a period. I’d had mine 20 years when I realized my worst one every month was at ovulation. My mother’s got worse after menopause. My grandmother’s only went away when she was pregnant.

  • Homeschoolmom
    4 years ago

    Me, too. The only consistent one (but usually it’s a tag team effort) is weather change. Like I can fix that. The worst is having a day off to be outside after a stretch of bad weather and missing out because of migraine.

  • Jessica
    4 years ago

    Mine are like that too! I’ve tracked, dieted, tried several types of medications and natural therapies and I still have headaches everyday. Go team?

  • Laura
    4 years ago

    1. I have two bulging disk in my neck with a lot of arthritis, so when that hurts, it triggers a migraine, the doctor who is an expert in the area of neck and spine problems says that my case is hopeless!!!!

    2. Weather, really bad in the winter time!!!

    3. Stress

    4. Bright lights, mainly florescent lights, which is at my job!!!!

    5. Not enough rest!!!

    6. Dealing with cruel people who say to get over the headaches, because it is just a headache, I get that at work all the time!!!!

    As for the worse one, it is a tie between stress and weather!!!

  • schutzelb
    4 years ago

    A doctor who says your case is hopeless has no right to say that. He simply has run out of ideas. So take a deep breath and give yourself a few days, and then contact a different doctor, or try meditation, or go to a neurologist instead of the spine and neck doctor. Your worst enemies are hopelessness, helplessness, anxiety, and impatience. If somebody offers you those, move on.

  • Tonya Coindreau
    4 years ago

    I have had migraines since I was 7 years old and I am now 45. Over the years, I have tried just about everything but simply know that some things make it worse than others. My triggers are also multiple:
    1. Changes in the weather
    2. Crying
    3. Strong smells…poppourie, candles, perfume, cologne, paint, nail salons, gasoline, grilling, exhaust fumes, shopping malls, glue, RV campers or mobile homes, real leather and I’m sure that there are more just can’t think of it right now but you get the picture.
    4. Waiting too long to eat
    5. yoga
    6. any type of exercise that I have to put my head down for.
    7. mowing the lawn
    8. Being outside in the heat for too long
    9. chocolate
    10. cheese
    11. not enough sleep or too much sleep
    12. Rain storms are a big one.
    13. ponytails or headbands
    14. stress
    15. Hormones
    I walk a very fine line every day and pray that I can treat an on coming migraine before I end up in an emergency room. I have gotten really good at management but sometimes nothing works especially when it is sudden onset. Kinda scary considering you never know if it could possibly be something life threatening or just another migraine….

  • schutzelb
    4 years ago

    Bad enough that it is severe migraine! Problem is, we have just begun to think migraine is an illness, and not a character defect or ploy to get out of ordinary events of life.

  • Chana
    4 years ago

    You are the first person I have seen that also has real leather as a trigger. I can not even walk into a leather store without getting a migraine and having to head home to tend to the control of my environment.

  • almypal
    4 years ago

    It takes more than one word ti name my worst trigger! Anything that brings on a migraine is my worst trigger!
    1. Weather changes and perhaps the full moon? and allergies
    2. food triggers like MSG, sulfites and nitrates, pickled &/or preserved foods ( vinegar), yeast breads like sourdough
    3. Strong odors and scents
    4. Chocolate and caffeine
    5. Citrus and highly acidic foods
    6. too much or too little sleep, or other highly emotionally or stressful situations
    7. flashing, bright or strobe lights
    8. skipping meals, dehydration
    9. sudden, loud noises
    10. whatever else I forgot

  • lisamariemary
    4 years ago

    Smells.

  • jacqueline
    4 years ago

    I really do not know i can eat or drink something you should not when you have migraine and be fine then another time i will have a bad migraine,
    had a migraine for the first three days of my holiday to turkey this year and that has never happened before
    after years of migraine i really can not say what triggers mine
    wish i could have a new head sometimes

  • Lynn Voedisch
    4 years ago

    Mine are pretty simple:
    Barometric pressure changes and sometimes big changes in temperature
    Stress
    Crying
    MSG
    Aspartame (which is often hidden and not on the label)
    Bright sunlight bouncing off the hood of my car when I’m driving
    Sleeping. Something mysterious happens in the wee hours of the morning causing me to wake up with a migraine. I have no idea why.
    Right now I’m on a gluten- free diet, but it hasn’t done much for my headaches. It only smoothed out my IBS. I just don’t seem to have any food issues with migraines. But we’ll see as I continue the g-f diet.

  • caroline
    4 years ago

    You sound much like me. I dont have issues with food and havent found a need to follow a G-F diet. I have always avoided aspartame when I can but not for migraine reasons. MSG hasnt given me grief, but try not to eat it. But misteriously, I do wake up with migraines… often. I have lowered the heat in my place thinking that maybe its too hot, but still its still happening. This happens very often. I dont know why. Bright and flickering lights are something I have to avoid – cause I KNOW…I will get a migraine. That I can control, the weather I can’t control, and I dont know why I wake up with migraines.

  • Megapain
    4 years ago

    I would say the only thing i know that is a for sure trigger so stop doing is wearing headbands. I used to wear them all the time. Then when i realized i had migraines, i decided to find triggers and figured out wearing head bands was a trigger. So is the weather but only when the air feels super heavy and feels like its squeezing me. There are others that people have mentioned but these two i listed are the biggest ones for me. P.S. migraines are or can be hereditary. My grandmother has migraines and i have them. She has them really bad getting worse as she gets older. Something i am not looking forward too when i get older.

  • Adiantum
    4 years ago

    In a word, my worst trigger appears to be “breathing”.

    I avoid all the things that seem to bring on a migraine (alcohol, dehydration, being hungry, being stressed), but the migraines they keep on a comin’, so I’m thinking that it must be breathing. 🙂

  • Sherri
    4 years ago

    Perfume/scents
    Alcohol
    Barometric pressure changes
    Neck pain
    Dehydration
    Dizziness/Vertigo (I have Migraine Associated Vertigo)
    Blood sugar fluctuations

    I see I’m not the only person with multiple triggers…

  • John
    4 years ago

    You’re not alone. I’ve had the disease since a preschooler and the triggers have multiplied over the 60+ years. I’m a male and had to deal with “it’s a woman’s thing”, then, “you’re just here for your drug fix”. Now it’s finally recognized by some physicians as a disease in men and women and there are specialist

  • Elaine Gross
    4 years ago

    Barometric pressure changes.
    Bright light. Flashing lights.
    Odors.
    Artificial sweeteners, except Stevia.
    Cervical spine issues.
    Dehydration.

  • Lynn Voedisch
    4 years ago

    My neurologist says the majority of his patients cite barometric pressure and weather changes as the triggers for their headaches.

  • Mrs. Shareen Ferrans
    4 years ago

    I have to agree with Elaine as far as migraine triggers. My most consistent trigger are changes in weather and or barometric changes. Also bright lights and loud consistent sounds.

  • PlummInk
    4 years ago

    Here’s my list:
    1. Fluorescent lights, bright lights, bright sunshine, strobe lights.
    2. Loud noise, mostly if in a restaurant or place that’s mostly hard surfaces & the noise just bounces around & grows.
    3. Barometric changes, rain, snow, etc
    4. Raw onions
    5. White vinegar
    6. MSG
    7. Menstrual cycle
    8. Skipping meals
    9. Strong perfume

    The list seems to keep growing 🙁

  • Chris
    4 years ago

    Tabu perfume. Gag!!!

  • BLONDEENKAH
    4 years ago

    1. Hands down — MSG or forms of it.
    2. Any alcohol (darn)
    3. Eating late
    4. Skipping meals
    5. Lack of sleep or stress
    6. Perfumes and chemical odors
    7. All forms of chocolate (darn)
    8. Most fruits, citrus and spinach
    9. Flashing or blinding light
    10.Nitrites and food additives

    I don’t usually eat in restaurants because of MSG and chemicals. I seldom never eat after 7pm. I was told by a heath advisor that our livers cleanse themselves about 3-4 hours after we go to sleep and eating late can result in an incomplete cleanse and a feeling of unwellness and headache. NOT EATING AFTER 7 HAS GREATLY REDUCE MY NIGHTIME MIGRAINES. Good luck to you all.

  • ElenaS
    4 years ago

    1. soy sauce
    2. MSG
    3. changes in barometric pressure
    4. strong scents – I compare the effect to Kryptonite. I immediately start to feel ill, nauseated and disoriented.
    5. bright lights

    Unfortunately, most people, including the ones closest to us, have very little sympathy for migraine sufferers. So on top of our illness we have to deal with the lack of empathy and understanding from the people around us. Can anyone relate?

  • schutzelb
    4 years ago

    Bad enough that it is severe migraine! Problem is, we have just begun to think migraine is an illness, and not a character defect or ploy to get out of ordinary events of life.

  • ElenaS
    4 years ago

    Ellen H please don’t be embarrassed about your new circumstances in life. You probably worked all your life and contributed to your family and your community. Feelings of low self worth will only increase your stress and perhaps your migraines. Getting together with people who value you for who you are will encourage you and uplift you. We all have something valuable to contribute. Best regards. Elena.

  • ElenaS
    4 years ago

    Hi Cindy. I’m so sorry about your experience. My family is a lot more understanding when it comes to noise but totally clueless when it comes to smells. I’ve been married for 33 years and even though my dear husband knows how ill I get when he wears cologne, he still forgets and puts it on. It takes all I have not to take the bottles, open the front door and throw them out into the street.

  • Ellen H
    4 years ago

    Yeah. I retired early at 60 because of migraines and asthma. I now also have food stamps, and one member of my family has begun to treat me as if I were worthless. When I am at the grocery store, I check myself out so no one can see my food card. I will say though that grocery store personnel are more friendly towards food stampers than they used to be 20 years ago. Good luck to all migraine sufferers. We have to hang together. — Ellen H.

  • mscwds
    4 years ago

    Hi Elena. I understand more than you know because I experience the same lack of empathy and understanding from family members when I have migraines. It’s very frustrating to me because no matter how hard I try to explain that sound is like someone hammering nails in my head when a migraine attacks, no one even tries to be quieter. It’s like no one seems to care! Another great frustration of mine is that even though I’ve had thousands of migraines, family members KNOW that I have a hard time communicating by talking very softly and jumbled, I still get told in a a loud voice “I can’t hear you!” or “I can’t understand you!” and this happens every single time, and it infuriates me! Don’t they know if I could I would? I guess it all goes back to the same old thing. Unless you have migraines, you have NO idea how painful they are! I guess that’s why they call it the invisible illness. Good Luck Elena, I just wanted you to know that you aren’t alone. God bless you! Cindy

  • mscwds
    4 years ago

    PMS,Stress,Excessive Crying,Weather,Smells,Sounds,Skipping Meals,Sleeping Habits,and Certain Foods

  • BBalla
    4 years ago

    My husband always says he can predict the weather by my migraines so I know that many of my headaches are caused by sudden weather and barometric changes. Another trigger is arthritis in my neck. Chronic neck pain is a big trigger for me.

  • Linda
    4 years ago

    After suffering with migraine with aura for 30 years, can you believe I STILL do not know what triggers them!

  • amandapetitt
    4 years ago

    Linda I’ve suffered for 15 years and am just now learning about triggers. I was told a year ago after years of testing and med changes that I “just have a chronic migraine condition”. I am learning it all on my own. So I completely feel where you are coming from.

  • Beth
    4 years ago

    Quickly dropping barometric pressure, wine, scents, strobe lights, dark chocolate, loud noises, and some that I haven’t figured out…the migraine is just there!!

  • tiggmom1
    4 years ago

    Salt, MSG, and barometric changes. The barometric changes are particularly brutal in the spring (tornado season) and summer (tropical storms/hurricane season)…..I live in the South so I guess I’m a glutton for punishment in that respect.

  • Lis M.
    4 years ago

    Hormones, time of day, if there’s a full moon or not, any perfume with amber, white musk, or vanilla in it, and onions or tomato sauce

  • HollyA
    4 years ago

    Stress, lack of sleep, and alcohol.

  • Paco
    4 years ago

    Not Prioritized:
    Sound, Baromertic Pressure, Stress, Light, PoorDiet, Arthritis of Spine; including Cervical etc.

  • Mike
    4 years ago

    In no particular order:

    –Rapid changes in barometric pressure
    –lack of quality sleep
    –stress
    –not eating right/enough

  • Voluntaryist
    4 years ago

    Not necessarily in this order…
    1. Hormones
    2. Bright lights
    3. Chocolate
    4. Stress

  • ChrisCake
    4 years ago

    Where do I start? I would say I have 3 top triggers: hunger (skipping a meal? yea right… but even getting slightly hungry? Recipe for disaster), lack of sleep, but one in particular is hard for me to stay away from. Social events, night out dancing, fancy dinner…what do you want? A cocktail…my weakness? Red wine and vodka. White wine? Love it on a hot summer day, but just looking at it terrifies me. What I try to tell myself to stay positive is “migraines prevent me from being a daily glass of wino”. I keep it to once a week when I’m out with my friends or my husband. My trick? Take a frova before I go to bed, I don’t feel the side effects and I wake up feeling good…but we all know what triptans are known for…massive rebound cycles. So I try to stay away as much as I can. Alcohol: I love/hate you.

  • yeahmetoo
    4 years ago

    My most predictable trigger is my menstrual cycle…I usually know I’m about to start because of a migraine. Other common triggers are smells (perfume, cologne, chemical smells including paint, flowers, etc.), bright lights, loud noise, alcohol (completely avoidable) and CITRUS. Citrus get any of you guys?

  • Ellen H
    4 years ago

    You know what my newest irritation is??? It’s all those new MOVING advertisements that pop up on the sides, the top, the bottom, the middle of the computer screen. I learned to increase the font size in my email box so that the ads are shoved off the page. Today I noticed another new ad that is popping up on the left side of the email page. I wonder how big I need to make the font now so that I can read emails without ads moving, shaking, twirling, etc. To make my point, these moving ads are seriously interfering with my migraines, and I wonder how I can tolerate reading online with bouncy ads all over the place. It really bothers my head, my eyes, my stomach, and my migraines. Is anyone else out there beginning to have problems with ads, other than their just being annoying? I am beginning to wonder if it is time for migraineurs to take a stand against these very real irritations. Thank you. Ellen H.

  • Nicci
    4 years ago

    I have thought the same thing! You know what I really think are dangerous? The strobe flash on speed cameras. The migraineurs don’t even have to be the speeder… cars next to/around you can trip them. Infurinated me. Florecent lights also get me… uhm… office! A lot of migraine triggers are things that aren’t healthy for ANYONE, I have noticed. It has occurred to me to take a collabortive stand on things. I do hate poppy & moving ads. TARGET has one that consumes your whole screen. I almost fainted.

  • Gina
    4 years ago

    Changes in air pressure (during pregnancy too…).

  • migraine mistress
    4 years ago

    If I so much as look at a flute of champagne at a wedding, it makes me nauseous. It’s like PTSD, I guess. Pretty much the same for wine. When I think abt how much I drank in my 20’s & didn’t just fall dwn & die, wow… what happened btwn then & now? So, yup…alcohol.

  • janenez
    4 years ago

    A “let down” after a big event or a busy week, even sometimes after a relaxing vacation. Probably because I will “push through the pain” for as long as I can to finish the task – and then by that point I am so far gone my rescue medications don’t work. If I had taken them earlier, I might have been able to hold off some migraine symptoms – but then I’d have medication side-effects – which sometimes are just as irritating.

  • Ruth Swain
    4 years ago

    Alcohol

  • Tim M
    4 years ago

    Aspartame, bright lights, weather changes. Much less frequent since I cut out aspartame. Only so much I can do about the others. Some other foods seem like they might be triggers, but it’s not consistent so I’m not certain.

  • Ellizaryn
    4 years ago

    I’ve had migraines since I was a small child. At around age 18, I discovered that my biggest trigger is gluten. I went gluten free and was migraine free for almost 3 years. Then they gradually started coming back. I’m now almost the worst I’ve ever been (headache days 5 out of 7, and silent migraine symptoms half of the days I’m headache free). I had to quit my job and withdraw from grad school.

    My mom is convinced it’s stress, but my husband and I live a super stress-free life. Dual income (I now run a home business), no kids.

    At this point, I have a migraine more often than not so it’s hard to determine any triggers. If it weren’t for my cannabis, I wouldn’t be capable of functioning.

  • Chana
    4 years ago

    I have to agree that if it werent for cannabis I wouldnt be able to function either. I found a great one that cleared up my migraine completely and then the dispensary sold out and hasnt sold anymore of it. This is the only way I can keep down water on my “bad” days.

  • janenez
    4 years ago

    I have something similar. I went gluten free 5 years ago and even though I still had migraines – I didn’t seem quite as sensitive and felt less of the “mind fog” between migraines. These last 2+ years though, I’ve had the worst I’ve ever had – same 5 out of 7 days like you – and the same silent migraine half of those other two… I live a pretty “low stress” lifestyle too and my kids are grown. I’m thinking about eating gluten again – the diet is such a pain – but I’m afraid my digestive system would have a fit. Have you tried eating gluten again?

  • Glenn
    4 years ago

    If I consume gluten, these things become triggers: scents (especially magazine perfume ads), airplane flight, chocolate, certain beers, certain wines, certain liquors.

  • thesnowangels
    4 years ago

    light,noise,heat! Always.

  • TwinBMigraine
    4 years ago

    Artificial Sugars!!! Xyletol is the worst.

    I gave them up (only have one diet soda a month at the most). I went from a migraine every month to not having one in the past 4.5 months. I also started going to a chiropractor monthly and decreasing my anxiety levels.

  • Dipanwita
    4 years ago

    1. Weather (rainy season is the worst)
    2. Lack of sleep
    3. Emotional upheaval
    4. Sound

  • nevada_knitwit
    4 years ago

    Like many here, I have numerous triggers (probably too numerous to list). My (hands down) worst trigger is….the sun – as is glorious, beautiful, full of sunshine days. This is especially problematic because I live in a state that boasts 300+ days of sunshine / year.

  • Brenda W
    4 years ago

    (1) Lights- Super bright or any kind of flashing/strobe activity
    (2) Weather- Sudden changes in air pressure [esp snow]
    (3) Sleep- Often I wake with the migraine [or it wakes me]
    (4) Hormones- Monthly Cycle
    (5) Extreme Tension/Clenching
    (6) Alcohol- Any alcoholic intake

  • rdsonja99
    4 years ago

    3 is me too! I don’t know how to prevent ones that come on in my sleep. I hate going to bed feeling fine and being awakened by pain. Sleep and weather are beyond my control. It’s so frustrating. I even wear sunglasses at work to help with the bright lights.

  • Sarah
    4 years ago

    Some of mine are dairy, light, sound, sunglasses, stress, recently found out GLUTEN, scents, reading….the list goes on

  • aellis
    4 years ago

    1. Drop in barometric pressure
    2. Monthly hormone fluctuations
    3. Anyone’s guess is as good as mine

  • soccergirl
    4 years ago

    I really hate my triggers. One of them is sleeping in, this is the one I hate the most! Other triggers are: bright, flashing lights, under sleeping, stress and some activities.

  • Sarah Anderson
    4 years ago

    I have a lot of triggers: right before my period, aspartame, msg, stormy weather, sleeping too much, bright light (natural & fluorescent), and citrus fruit.

  • Jenni
    4 years ago

    The worst part is that I don’t have a trigger. They just show up randomly, ruining my day and any plans I have. I have lost jobs because of these. I even had a CT scan, which came back clean. When my boss at the time asked about it and I told her that they hadn’t found anything, she just threw her hands up and exclaimed, “You can’t even prove that there is anything wrong with you!” 🙁

  • Sarah
    4 years ago

    what an ignorant statement. Im sorry

  • youkayn00b
    4 years ago

    stress is definitely my biggest trigger. when i have been off work for periods of time i have about 1/4 to 1/3 as many migraines

  • Finn
    4 years ago

    Orange juice, liqueur.

  • Paola Santacruz
    4 years ago

    MSG or any food with glutamate!

  • fifisham
    4 years ago

    weather (I can get the migraine 2-4 days in advance of a changing weather system) and believe it or not, weekends (stress letdown). but not every weather system and thankfully not every weekend.

  • coygroup
    4 years ago

    My neurologist calls them “Friday night headaches” – and I get them frequently. I hadn’t heard them called “stress letdown” but I like it.

  • K_ot
    4 years ago

    G-L-U-T-E-N
    and ‘lady horomones’, of course.

  • Sarah
    4 years ago

    gluten bothers me too.

  • Julie Gallagher
    4 years ago

    Vision
    not being able to see properly, scared my vision will go completley,i do not want to have my licence taken of me would be lost without a car

  • Jenn
    4 years ago

    Light!
    Especially from a concentrated angle, or say someone is sitting next to a bright window and trying to have a conversation. A sunny day after many cloudy ones, which sucks because I also have SAD! I sometimes have to wear sunglasses at odd times like indoors, at night, or even at night on a bus with florescent lighting. No I am not hiding anything, I am hurting!

  • The Migraine Girl moderator
    4 years ago

    I was at a baseball game recently and didn’t notice until 10pm or so that people were giving me odd looks–I think it was because I still had my sunglasses on. But man, those lights are bright! I, too, have a lot of light-triggered migraines, Jenn.

    -Janet G.
    “The Migraine Girl”

  • Mitchell
    4 years ago

    New Drug………….NAMENDA 5mg….28 days then go to 10 mg……not working third week and no relief………sorry…

  • Mitchell
    4 years ago

    New Drug………….NAMENDA 5mg….28 days then go to 10 mg……not working third week and no relief………

  • cedartree
    4 years ago

    MOLD!

  • wbarts
    4 years ago

    anyone get them from orgasm or sex activity?

  • The Migraine Girl moderator
    4 years ago

    wbarts,

    Thankfully, I’m not in that boat, but many people report having severe headaches directly after orgasm. This article may be helpful to you: http://migraine.com/blog/preorgasmic-orgasmic-headaches-anot-migraine/

    Take care,
    Janet G.
    “The Migraine Girl”

  • Tiggeez
    4 years ago

    Fluorescent lights, bright lights

  • khaug
    4 years ago

    Any kind of smoke and strong fumes; cigarette, cigar (migraine within seconds!!!) camp fire, car exhaust, perfumes, gasoline

  • Madalin
    4 years ago

    Light

  • Nikita S.
    4 years ago

    Some boring lectures, stress and travelling are my most common triggers.

  • Jacqui Gallo
    4 years ago

    Fruit. With the exception of bananas. Long ago orange juice, apples, plums, grapes even wine, cherries, nectarines and my favorite, blueberries, all of them and more went to the wayside. Some days it’s difficult not to just try a bite. I know better. No hospital stay for this woman.

  • BLONDEENKAH
    4 years ago

    Have you tried organic and not over ripened fruit? I cannot eat much citrus –just a bite or two, but I can eat not-too-ripened nectarines, bananas, peaches, blueberries and strawberries. I can always eat apples and pears and pineapple. Good luck to you!

  • coygroup
    4 years ago

    Weather.

  • Irene Tinsley
    4 years ago

    Everything. Just about. Including the scent of vanilla, believe it or not.

  • Gwenny
    4 years ago

    Wine – both red and white. It is so bad that I can feel one coming on after half a glass of red – my fave 🙁 to the point that I have now decided wine is no longer worth the pain.

  • Melissa
    5 years ago

    Weather.
    Can not function and feel trapped because it’s out of my control.

  • Jules2dl
    5 years ago

    Weather!
    I will get a migraine often 4 days before it begins to rain or snow, which means that it can be perfectly wonderful outside on Tuesday, but I’m down for the count because it’s going to rain on Saturday.
    Sudden abrupt changes in temperature trigger my headaches as well. And when it’s very hot and sunny out, you know its a sure bet that I’m going to have an extremely bad migraine. I used to be able to go to county fairs, amusement parks, or to watch mu husband drag race. If I took precautions such as wearing a floppy-brimmed hat, sunglasses, staying hydrated and keeping in the shade as much as possible, I could manage. Now, no way. Even when I bring an ice pack for my head and keep it filled, I still get a migraine. It really makes me sad.

  • mmjardel
    4 years ago

    Right there with you weather and bright light of any kind including sun. I’ve spent so much time in a dark room the past 3 years, I have vitamin D deficiency. I’d rather take the supplement than go into the light.

  • Tim Autry
    5 years ago

    Foods with MSG and/or aged products, such as cheese and wines, Exceptionally bright lights, i.e. bright sunny day, fluorescent, halogen or led light. Extreme strong smells, petroleum products, especially perfumes, colognes including those found in soaps and hair products and tobacco products or objects burning like plastic, paper wood. Extremely loud sounds, sirens, explosions (fireworks), sports arenas and crowds in general, music with very high pitched instruments and/or loud bass, emphasizing the ones played you can feel your chest pound and upsetting your normal heart beat rhythm. Weather changes, especially a low pressure front, especially hurricanes, cyclones. Stress, anxiety, too much time in front of a computer screen, excessive and/or lack of sleep and panic attacks in heavy traffic. There are others, but I don’t want this to be a book – it is easier for my family/friends/co-workers to ask than for me to name them all.

  • Buthainita
    5 years ago

    MSG is my worst trigger. What I only find worse is livin in a country in which food labeling is not an issue, sometimes buying a bottle of water scares me as I am not sure it won’t contain traces of this evil.
    Also worth mentioning is that I have been on hormone replacemnt pills for 3 years up to now and I haven’t complained of migraine associated to my pills until a month ago.. it was frustrating as I couldn’t think of a cause and I can’t stop my hormones

  • Amanda
    5 years ago

    Light, artificial or natural. Weather fronts make them worse. Certain scents of foods being cooked/prepared can make it worse, intensify the nausea.

  • Vesna
    5 years ago

    Activity, Weather, Perfume/Odors, Light/Sounds, Computer/Desk work (necessary Evil), Stress (Ironic because Drs & Insurance & Disability are Huge Stressors), Other health conditions Fibromyalgia/Myofascia Pain/Deg Disk/etc., Social interactions.

  • Brianna5609
    4 years ago

    Im right there with you my worst triggers are smells.

  • Julia
    5 years ago

    Talking and listening more than a few sentences. Walking more than 10 feet.

  • Meli28
    5 years ago

    Everything…. Naps, coffee, oversleeping, under sleeping, exercise, alcohol, stress,heat, sun, and the list goes on and on. It’s pretty sad

  • tiphoenix
    4 years ago

    Everything it is 🙁

  • Vesna
    5 years ago

    Touche’ Couldn’t agree more – EVERYTHING!!!

  • Manda
    5 years ago

    Crowds. They make me horribly miserable!! It is all just much too overwhelming!! I can not take the noises and smells!! I feel horrible sometimes accidentally revealing how bothered I am by those surrounding me but my god I can’t take it! My other intense triggers are the heat and light!! Things like fairs and events out with crowds.. I can’t think of anything worse. I’m cringing just thinking about it.

  • Brianna5609
    4 years ago

    Defiantly

  • 4 years ago

    I commiserate with you!

  • B. Austin
    5 years ago

    Motion, especially digital motion like scrolling on my computer screen…more quickly triggered when I’m low on sleep.

  • Amanda83
    5 years ago

    Abnormality – whether it is the first day of a new job; having an event to attend on a Sunday (which is usually a day where we stay home and relax!); abnormal sleep patterns; skipping meals (or eating too much!); stress knowing a big assignment or report cards are due; school trips; and weather!

  • Brianna5609
    4 years ago

    Defiantly. Strong smell and a lot of girls i know wear to much perfume

  • Brianna5609
    4 years ago

    Defiantly. Strong smell and a lot of girls i know wear to much perfume

  • mygrainetoo
    5 years ago

    Aspertame is my worst trigger. It is also being delivered as Amino Sweet and Phenylalanines AND Phenylalanines may be listed down below and separate from the “Ingredients” so read all the way down where Ingredients are listed. I have seen it on dry lemon drink mix on a Kroger brand already.

  • amj916
    5 years ago

    Outside of layered stress and excessive noise, MSG is the number one trigger. I avoid it, but it’s often not named as MSG or hidden as in “amount too small to mention”, but I have a migraine within 15 minutes of eating it. I had it (the too small amount) in Asian food at an airport a few years ago. I was so sick I was not allowed to fly. I was trying to fly home!

  • Sarah
    4 years ago

    WOW!!

  • Vanessa
    5 years ago

    MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (MSG) ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS HIDDEN IN FOODS AS “NATURAL FLAVOR”

  • Kerist
    5 years ago

    I only have on trigger: WEATHER!! Other things can make my migraine worse once its there but not cause it.

  • Monica Horton
    5 years ago

    Emotions like Crying gets me every time

  • MPgirl33
    5 years ago

    LED, Hallogen and Florescent lighting. TBI suffered in Iraq.

  • StillPortia
    5 years ago

    Smells
    Crowds

    Crowds do me in! The noises, smells, close quarters don’t work for me. Different perfumes, colognes, nicotine, BO and 100 different conversations are too much of a sensory overload for my brain.

  • Mruyle
    5 years ago

    Light. The sun, the lights in my apartment, a bright computer or tv screen, etc. I get an instant migraine. And when I already have a migraine, the light makes me feel incredibly nauseous and sick.

  • Wgibson
    5 years ago

    Weather, gets me every time….

  • Jules2dl
    5 years ago

    Weather is my worst trigger as well. I often get a migraine 3 or 4 days before a rain or snow storm. Extreme temperature changes also cause migraines, as does bright sunlight and hot temperatures. I need to find a place to live that has no weather. :-/

  • dr6497
    5 years ago

    SCENTS…. as in perfume, cologne, scents from hairspray, deordorants etc… I get immediately ill, lightheaded, dizzy, then the migraine begins…
    I work in a “Scent Free” facility… that posts NO SIGNS on this policy! So why bother… When I have to repeatedly ask to work in another area due to person’s coming in with scents on… but it is too late.. the migraine has begun.
    Also, the smell of gasoline, tar, candles, and magazine perfumed cards for advertising.. oh my! Please stop!
    changes in weather, hormones, preservatives in some foods, msg’s (Burger King chicken sandwich..unsure what that ingredient is?), some chocolates but not all, marshmellow cream, bright lights and Fluorescent lights! Unable to drink any wine, red or white or other alcoholic beverages. Makes me a very dull person. It is so frustrating that I have to be on my guard all day, everyday, whether at work, or home, or on a trip to Wal-Mart or other store (walmart shoppers seem to wear more products than anyone!), even a sporting event.. I sit away from everyone and then a heavily cologned person sits by me and I have to move! Even more frustrating is when I make a commment that a person is wearing a scent and no one else seems to notice.. Makes me the freak!

  • Sarah
    4 years ago

    i was wondering if anyone else would say WALMART!! i get the worst headache there. And stressed out as well there. I cant get out fast enough.

  • dr6497
    5 years ago

    SCENTS…. as in perfume, cologne, scents from hairspray, deordorants etc… I get immediately ill, lightheaded, dizzy, then the migraine begins…
    I work in a “Scent Free” facility… that posts NO SIGNS on this policy! So why bother… When I have to repeatedly ask to work in another area due to person’s coming in with scents on… but it is too late.. the migraine has begun.
    Also, the smell of gasoline, tar, candles, and magazine perfumed cards for advertising.. oh my! Please stop!
    changes in weather, hormones, preservatives in some foods, msg’s (Burger King chicken sandwich..unsure what that ingredient is?), some chocolates but not all, marshmellow cream, bright lights and Fluorescent lights! Unable to drink any wine, red or white and other alcoholic beverages. Makes me a very dull person. It is so frustrating that I have to be on my guard all day, everyday, whether at work, or home, or on a trip to Wal-Mart or other store (walmart shoppers seem to wear more products than anyone!, even a sporting event.. I sit away from everyone and then a heavily cologned person sits by me and I have to move!

  • dr6497
    5 years ago

    SCENTS…. as in perfume, cologne, scents from hairspray, deordorants etc… I get immediately ill, lightheaded, dizzy, then the migraine begins…
    I work in a “Scent Free” facility… that posts NO SIGNS on this policy! So why bother… When I have to repeatedly ask to work in another area due to person’s coming in with scents on… but it is too late.. the migraine has begun.
    Also, the smell of gasoline, tar, candles, and magazine perfumed cards for advertising.. oh my! Please stop!
    changes in weather, hormones, preservatives in come foods, msg’s (Burger King chicken sandwich..unsure what that ingredient is?), some chocolates but not all, marshmellow cream, bright lights and Fluorescent lights! Unable to drink any wine, red or white and other alcoholic beverages. Makes me a very dull person. It is so frustrating that I have to be on my guard all day, everyday, whether at work, or home, or on a trip to Wal-Mart or other store (walmart shoppers seem to wear more products than anyone!, even a sporting event.. I sit away from everyone and then a heavily cologned person sits by me and I have to move!

  • dr6497
    5 years ago

    SCENTS…. as in perfume, cologne, scents from hairspray, deordorants etc… I get immediately ill, lightheaded, dizzy, then the migraine begins…

  • Kara
    5 years ago

    My worst triggers that is the only trigger I know of (otherwise I don’t know what triggers my migraines & it is extremely frustrating!!!!!) is a change in weather. But it is not the only thing that causes my migraines. I have migraines almost daily.

  • EmKats
    5 years ago

    Smells. Perfume, air freshener, incense. Feel sick just thinking of it!

  • mbali21
    5 years ago

    Hunger and insufficient sleep

  • MargaretB
    5 years ago

    Weather!

  • Sallianne
    5 years ago

    Glare….

  • B. Austin
    5 years ago

    oh! I’m so with you on that one!

  • search
    5 years ago

    TV

  • Amy
    5 years ago

    The weather is my worst trigger. A hot, humid, stormy summer is the worst.

  • babaj
    5 years ago

    Fluorescent lights (just out of hospital on that one), MSG, odors (like perfume) barometric pressure changes, Chinook winds.

  • JeanyB
    5 years ago

    Lemon juice. I never knew how difficult this was to avoid! Just getting over a 2 day severe migraine, I started to go over what I had eaten the day before and realised I hadn’t checked the ingredients on the jar of pasta sauce I’d used. You guessed it, concentrated lemon juice! WHY? It’s difficult to find jam and salad dressings without it and I rarely order fish if we are eating out! I’m almost 57 years old, I’ve had migraine since I was 13, it’s time it beggared off!

  • Klp172
    5 years ago

    I read on the back of my lemon juice bottle a warning that said it had sulfites in it – might be worth investigating!

  • seattle1984
    5 years ago

    msg
    yogurt
    aged cheeses

  • Chere
    5 years ago

    MSG and all its dirty secret names…like
    “natural flavors or natural flavorings”
    anything “extract”
    anything “enriched”
    the list is extensive and being added to every day (it seems!) since the food giants are allowed to call MSG anything they want, any time they want with FDA approval.
    It is a nightmare for migraineurs…but no one wants to fight for us.
    http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/04/sneaky-names-for-msg-check-your-labels/

  • TracyM09
    5 years ago

    The smell of hot Tar makes me violently ill. If I’m on the road I will drive out of my way to avoid a Tar truck. If they are putting new Tar on a roof anywhere near my home, I will go out for the day. It’s been this way since 5th Grade!

  • Kim Smith Lawson
    5 years ago

    Fluorescent lights – within minutes… every. single. time.

  • reinepapillon
    5 years ago

    Hormones
    Barometric pressure
    Physical exertion
    Stress/Crying

  • Monica Horton
    5 years ago

    Emotions like Crying gets me every time

  • Helen Williams Lopez
    5 years ago

    glare of light bouncing off car chrome

  • vmcclell
    5 years ago

    chocolate.

  • Josie
    5 years ago

    Lack of sleep

  • Valerie
    5 years ago

    Stress!

  • Erin
    5 years ago

    Changes in temperature and air pressure.

  • cindyd
    5 years ago

    Fluorescent lights are terrible for me . . . also, stress. I have family members with migraines (grandmother, sister).

  • Victoria
    5 years ago

    Nutmeg, MSG, poppy seeds, red wine (though I can cook with it), sugar substitutes, flickering lights, strong perfume or chemical smells, etc.

  • kwaichang
    5 years ago

    Light, especially neon overhead lights in offices and doctors offices. I usually wear my sun glasses indoors for just this reason.

  • Donna
    5 years ago

    Seasonal changes, especially spring and fall, odors, smoke, falling barometric pressure, fumes of various kinds.

    As an aside, do any of you also happen to be sensitive in other ways? Would you call yourself “intuitive”?

  • Meggietye
    4 years ago

    Donna, you are sensitive to have figured that out 🙂 I am a highly sensitive and intuitive gal and have been since my earliest memory. I dread summers and we can’t go away in the winters anymore. Along with so many others, darned near everything in my life was causing migraines so I have stripped out my closets/fridge etc and started over. I eat NO processed foods and cook from scratch. Life is a bit tougher being super sensitive but it is better than no life at all.

  • peeperview
    5 years ago

    Donna! Yes!! I was just wondering about that this morning. I don’t know if I could call myself an Intuitive or a HSP, (Highly Sensitive Person). Either way, I bet that has some sort of influence. I would love to see some data about that. Have you read much on Intuitives or HSP’s?

  • Valerie
    5 years ago

    Yes, Donna, “intuitive” is my middle name! I’ve even used it in a few user names.

  • cindyd
    5 years ago

    I live in the SF bay area and barometric pressure changes kill me!!! Fumes, too! What do you use for your pain?

  • JazzDan
    5 years ago

    Hormones, stress

  • mas72143
    5 years ago

    SMELLS

  • Denise
    5 years ago

    A lot of sunlight(I use umbrellas now-not hats!), dehydration, being overly hungry, extreme stress(arguing w/my mate will bring one on if I was already feeling it coming!), alcohol(50/50-sometimes it does, sometimes not), used to be hormonal & I was so waiting for these to disappear after menopause but unlucky me-they haven’t!

  • Christine
    5 years ago

    Second hand cigarette smoke. Just one whiff triggers an attack in a matter of minutes. Every time, without fail.

  • Jenny Ash
    4 years ago

    That gets me too, very hard because my son-in-law is a heavy smoker. Now he smokes on the balcony when I’m around.

  • Shan43
    5 years ago

    Hormonal (pre-menstrual and menstrual)
    Exertion (used to do a lot of running and would get a headache after too much exertion)
    MSG and other preservatives
    Stress
    I might have more but still trying to determine them!

  • reinepapillon
    5 years ago

    Oh and barometric pressure for me. That’s a biggy.

  • reinepapillon
    5 years ago

    That’s my list too! I just don’t know about MSG. How did you work that one out?
    Nice to know I’m not alone. I wish I’d looked this site up earlier!

  • Lori
    5 years ago

    2 things, CHOCOLATE! and strong smells!

  • Mary G.
    5 years ago

    weather

  • mkeawsh
    5 years ago

    Just one? Wow, I don’t think I can do that.

    Sodium Nitrates!!
    MSG!
    bright lights, fluorescent lighting-going into Wal-Mart is
    terrible, wear sunglasses in there
    strobe type flickering
    dehydration – I drink half to one gallon of liquid a day –
    mostly water
    weather change-barometric pressure

    Will just stop there.

  • nikki
    5 years ago

    oh yeah loud noise such as my 2 year old screaming

  • nikki
    5 years ago

    Bright lights

  • Doug
    5 years ago

    Weather.

  • LiesbetR
    5 years ago

    it used to be only ‘hormones’ or the lack of them during my periods
    but now it’s:
    – stress
    – too much exercise (running for one hour is begging for migraine)
    – dehydration
    – a handbag that’s too heavy
    and every times there will be een new trigger I didn’t find out jet

  • Jo Petersen
    5 years ago

    Stress! Stress from the migraine, side effects of medications, going to medical appointments, not getting relief from the visit, traffic on way home from visit, people calling to see how visit and migraine are, or no one ever calling to see how I am doing, family thinking I need to be more positive, get more exercise or eat better and then my migraine would go away stress. Does anyone know that stress and their advice agrovates migraines? I wish people would study migraine before they give unwanted advice, but really, I just want kindness, compassion, and that people would stop waiting for me to come to their events, and they would come to my quiet world with a good meal.

  • Howard Fites
    5 years ago

    Stress.

  • Crystalrz4
    5 years ago

    Just about Everything!!!

  • beckyntroy
    5 years ago

    I was trying to pin point one specific but you’re right! EVERYTHING! Depends on the day and everything else that factors into the situation… maybe a slight lack of sleep and a patient with stinky perfume…. Or on vacation with an elevation change combined with a shot of sunlight off the side mirror into the corner of the eye… so many scenerios…

  • DimpleLady
    5 years ago

    Cheese and Chocolate!!!!
    What damned luck

  • Sherrie Lovely
    5 years ago

    Weather, bright light, sunlight, loud noise, perfumes, work 7 days a week (fashion designer), stressful marriage, worrying about grown children, not eating, dehydration, insomnia, did i mention stress? So much for one word.
    -_-

  • BethAnn5
    5 years ago

    LIFE!

  • WayneW
    5 years ago

    Weather is the number one trigger. Strong smells, with smoke being the worse. Also have found that changes in elevation, such as a car trip over a mountain, will trigger one. Plane trips will guarantee a migraine. For the elevation and plane trips, if I take a Sudafed Sinus Headache about a half hour before the trip it stops the migraine from starting. If the migraine has started however, the Sudafed is a waste of time.

  • Janet
    5 years ago

    Weather, inconsistent sleep cycles, chemical smells, perfume, candles, cleaning products. Loud noises, sunlight, heat, and strenuous exercise. Alcohol. I also can’t stand fans. Ceiling fans or vents that blow air directly on me cause me to tighten up and within minutes I’m down. It’s like I’m over sensitive to everything. I know caffeine is usually a trigger but I’m not sure I could do without it.

  • Britiny colvin-kazee
    5 years ago

    Hormones, the weather, not getting at least 7 hours of sleep, and smells. Buy I’ve noticed it’s its only the smell of bacon and diesel fuel that makes my head hurt. The bacon part hurts my feelings cause I love bacon, and now the smell of it literally makes my head feel like it’s caving in.

  • willow
    5 years ago

    Sunlight
    Light strobing through trees while driving ( the worse )
    Smells
    waking up

  • Lori
    5 years ago

    Willow, I started sleeping with a “Bucky” sleep mask. It really helps. Doesn’t completely get rid of the morning headaches, but it does help. It has a cushion on the bottom to keep all the light out. The light strobing through the trees is the worst!!

  • mkeawsh
    5 years ago

    Understand about the waking up. Before I lift my head from the pillow, I analyze whether it’s going to be a good day or a migraine day. 🙂

  • allboysrock
    5 years ago

    My trigger is stress

  • NorCalMadre
    5 years ago

    Weather changes. Cigarette smoke and heavy perfumes. Stress.

  • aecarr01
    5 years ago

    Caffeine, alcohol, stress, irregular sleep patterns, hormones… Let me tell you, my triggers have made me feel like a very, very dull 24 year old.

  • Karen Curry
    5 years ago

    Sugar and any form of it like honey, fructose, natural sugar in fruits and some artificial sugars like Splenda. It’s horrible because I crave sugar, it’s like someone addicted to nicotine you have to have it. I start searching for sweet things I can eat to satisfy my craving.

  • Laurie Vincent
    5 years ago

    Strong smells such as perfumes and cigarette smoke.

  • Corey
    5 years ago

    SMELLS.

    ANY fake sugar.(sucralose, acesulfame potassium, acesulfame K, etc)

    some foods (BBQ ‘overdose’, MSG, spicy foods, etc)

    Flashing lights (so I do my best to avoid seeing police lights/firetrucks/ ambulances, etc)

    Stress. (good luck with THAT one)

    Misaligned Atlas/Axis vertebrae. Thank God for chiropractors!!!

    Sorry.. these are not one-word answers..lol

  • mkeawsh
    5 years ago

    Bingo, ANY fake sugars

    Next on my “to do” list is an appointment with a chiropractor.

    I actually have my incomplete lists further up but decided it would be too long to lists everything. It’s nice to see others listing more of mine and more than one. 🙂

  • Corey
    5 years ago

    FORGOT:

    diesel engines/ exhaust

    any cigarette/drug smoke

    scented candles

    daylight savings time (affects sleep schedule)

    hunger

    wearing hats/ winter hats

    too tight sunglasses (can’t do the wraparound-the-head type)

  • Bridget
    5 years ago

    I’m honestly still figuring it out. I have so many triggers it’s frustrating. I feel like a recluse it’s hard to have friends because I make plans and boom a migraine. Maybe worry is my biggest trigger but who knows.

  • miatejeda21
    5 years ago

    Mine used to be chocolate. I haven’t had it in 25 yrs., doesn’t bother me. It was never something I really loved. Now, the weather is my enemy. Living in Ky is horrid for changes in Barometric pressure. 🙁

  • kowlesk
    5 years ago

    I feel your pain! I too live in Kentucky and the past couple of weeks have been the worst! I’ve also found that while chocolate will make me sick, white chocolate doesn’t. I can still satisfy my sweet tooth that way 🙂

  • elialden12
    5 years ago

    anything with gluten in it. it takes about two days and BAM – 2 or 3 day migraine. I’ve been gluten (&dairy) free for almost two years and I have many fewer migraines than I did before, and they don’t last as long!

  • kimP
    5 years ago

    Weather. Seriously does anyone know the best place in US to live for Migraines?

  • willow
    5 years ago

    I was told to move to Arizona

  • Missdylanjones
    5 years ago

    Weather and the full moon

  • Missdylanjones
    5 years ago

    MSG
    Sugar
    Raw garlic

  • SleepyHeadCase
    5 years ago

    Xyrem.

  • katy
    5 years ago

    Smells (I.E. perfume, cologne, aerosols, etc.)- instant migraine.

    Weather changes are also bad, as this can cause pain for several days. Stress may also do it.

    I actually don’t know exactly what my triggers are, as I have daily headaches.

  • bluebird
    4 years ago

    I have daily headaches. Weather fronts, rapid barometric changes are a clear trigger.
    Flashing lights and glare of natural and artificial light sources are either a trigger or an indication that I already have a headache I’m pushing through or one is Coming. Watch out!
    Light sensitivity is a symptom for me but I know flashing lights especially at 10 hz knocks me out cold.A trigger documented in the hospital.
    Maybe the computer screen is a trigger.
    Maybe dehydration is a trigger. It doesn’t help certainly.
    All the other forms of sensitivity seem more like symptoms than causes…like scents, foods, sounds

    I’m interested in the “let down” headache trigger someone mentioned. Either I have that or I Push through Headaches in my attempt to have a less isolated life and get home to find I have a terrible Migraine and am deeply fatigued. But I would like to understand if this is more common.

    Truly can’t account for the Hour to Hour changes of my headache syndrome with triggers. or anything else.

    Ah for those precious good hours of relative freedom!

  • Karen Curry
    5 years ago

    I have daily headaches but my migraines are hereditary I take a cocktail of meds to control them. The weather affects me big time. I watch for the Low pressure systems to come in and I know I’m not only going to have a severe migraine but also extreme fatigue where I can hardly get out of bed.

  • Leslie
    5 years ago

    I’m with you. I’m not sure what my triggers are either because I too have daily headaches!! I haven’t had a chance to figure out what my triggers are!!

  • Corey
    5 years ago

    Smells. Great answer. I have been saying this for YEARS..only to have people laugh at me. Its no joke. I was at our local mall today, and an old lady’s perfume was so bad, I could feel my head splitting. Then you’re looked down at for reacting with an “ooh”, or an “Aww”.. Sorry- but I’m not the one who took a BATH in stinky perfume.
    Day- pretty much ruined, trying to bounce back from the attack. :/

  • vorpalswrd
    5 years ago

    smoke

  • linda
    5 years ago

    my worst trigger is ANGER!!!! As soon as I get upset (which is everyday)I must grit my teeth and that brings on a migraine!!!

  • miatejeda21
    5 years ago

    I wear a mouth guard at night that was recommended by my Dentist. It is for grinding my teeth. It made a huge difference in my daily headache level. I have been wearing it for about ten yrs. hope this is helpful. I have one for daytime for stress grinding , too.

  • LABurton
    5 years ago

    The weather is definitely my worst enemy, and any aerosol will instantly cause problems, as well as exhaust from a vehicle or plane.

  • Magnere
    5 years ago

    Weather changes and sports drinks.

  • Magnere
    5 years ago

    I also cannot drink sweet alcoholic drinks like Mike’s ect..

  • jamdr
    5 years ago

    and perfumes…

  • jamdr
    5 years ago

    Weather

  • Suellen
    5 years ago

    Weather…I’m fairly certain I have a barometer in my brain.

  • mrst53
    5 years ago

    Oh yeah, I forgot, living in Virgina-:-)

  • mrst53
    5 years ago

    MSG and any of the diet sugar products, but especially MSG!

  • carrie67
    5 years ago

    chocolate after 7 pm

  • Damon
    5 years ago

    Someone asking me what my trigger is! Or oooh I have a “bad” headache it’s a migraine!

  • Damon
    5 years ago

    Also I can not wear cologne and my wife no perfume! One day maybe 10-12 years ago in a very very upscale dept store, you know the ladies that offer you a spray or card of what ever sent is hot? Well I avoid them like the….so one walks up behind me a sprays me on the neck, with in one minute I had to sit down! Need less to say I cannot comment on the out come of that or say the store name!

  • Lesley Lyle-Stenico
    5 years ago

    M S G it’s in everything!!!

  • MahtaMouse
    5 years ago

    Salt!! Any salty food… Mexican, Chinese, Thai, most restaurant and other people’s salted cooking. Canned, boxed, processed foods, etc. Being placed on a diuretic has helped tremendously.

    Bright sunlight and early spring sunlight strobing through the new spring tree leaves… I wear sunglasses all year round which has greatly cut down on the amount of sun-induced migraines… and bending over to weed. Flickering fluorescent lights, watching movies in a theater, headlights coming towards me on moonless totally black nights when even the roads are black from rain (I live in the Pac NW).

    That nasty nasty #%&*@ foul smelling so-called “perfume” patchouli, that has come back in vogue!!! The smell of lavender, any overly strong perfume, men’s scented deodorants or nasty aftershave. The scented candle department.

    Stress and emotional stress such as a disagreement with my husband, crying, death of a pet or loved one, and did I mention crying? I can’t cry.

    Hunger… I often forget to eat until I get a headache. Lack of sleep (less than 6hrs) or too much sleep (more than 8hrs), and staying up too late. LOUD crowded places, smoke, and sometimes for no reason at all. Probably dehydration since I don’t drink enough water.

    When I was younger (I’m 59), hormones were a big trigger as well. When I get a small headache it *always* turns into a small nagging headache, which in turn turns into a migraine unless I remember to take 1-2 naproxen while it’s still small. For some reason as long as I keep moving, I can ignore a small headache until I literally stop in my tracks or sit down and then BOOM! it’s a migraine! If I get an aura… for me a sickeningly sweet smell of death… I know it’s going to be a throw up and writhe around in agony, while praying for death… migraine.

  • MahtaMouse
    5 years ago

    mygrainetoo… Wow! Me, I’m salt sensitive. The doc told me that my brain swells (not to mention the rest of me, LOL) so he put me on a diuretic 3 times a day (spironolactone). The really ratty part is I crave salty foods and have a general dislike of all things sweet (mom used to say she could always tell my plate at a birthday party because it was the one with the cake carved out and all the frosting left standing intact, LOL).

    I’ve always had low BP… 96/60… as do all the women in my family. My daughter once stopped at the firestation to have her’s checked and after 4 tries, was pronounced “dead”, LOL.

    I’m not sure how the spironolactone effects my BP, but I often get dizzy spells and have blacked out for several seconds (only!) at a time… a few times behind the wheel.

    The worst time was last year when my BP plummeted even lower for a 1/2hr. I was sitting down when it happened and could barely stay upright and couldn’t have stood if I tried. I broke out into a sweat and had the shakes so bad you’d have thought I was freezing. This has only happened this bad once.

    I’ve never vomited or completely passed out like you’ve described, but now I’m thinking maybe I need to drink more water.

  • mygrainetoo
    5 years ago

    Salt! A migraine trigger – interesting! I have such low blood pressure that I have to carry salt with me in case I need to salt food when I am away from home. During migraine attacks & with all the vomiting that goes with them I have fainted and awakened on the bathroom floor several times. Before I started taking Topamax and Fioricet, getting dehydrated during migraines and being able to keep water or any liquid down was a huge problem.

  • Krishna
    5 years ago

    Weather for me was never an issue, until i moved to this GODDAMN country with its oh so erratic weather! (no offence meant) … England. After coming here, my “common migraine” has escalated to be “chronic migraine” and i am having months long migraines…

    phewww

  • Krishna
    5 years ago

    WEATHER, SMOKE (mostly from cigars and cigarettes), MENSTRUATION, MSG, VINEGAR, BRIGHT LIGHTS, HUNGER, LOUD NOISES IN CLOSED AREAS (been ages since i visited a disc+pub). SOME STRONG SMELLS (allergic to most perfumes and deodorants. Thanks heaven, body splash exist). STRAINOUS WORKOUT AT THE GYM (other than cardio).

    Can not just list “one thing” that makes my migraine go bonkers. Have an attack right now…. Migraine just makes life dull and stressful, which in turn is a trigger in itself. lol

  • Damon
    5 years ago

    I can’t use any scented stuff, but powders don’t seem to bother me?

  • chebbot
    5 years ago

    ALCOHOL, MENSTRUATION, MSG/ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, WEATHER, JAW CLENCHING/GRINDING AT NIGHT (nearly every night)are guaranteed migraines. My job is generally triggering (learning center with children infant-school age)I have psychiatric problems, so when those worsen my migraines do also. Dehydration (I bring water everywhere) hunger, mold/pollen/dust, sinus problems (common for me)…bright lights, heat, high pitched or loud noises, smells(strong perfumes, cleaning products, cigarette smoke) lack of sleep….Life is a trigger.

    And lately exercise has been inducing them, which is upsetting because it used to help my pain and mood tremendously. Sex occasionally does too, and that is starting to affect my relationship.

  • katy
    5 years ago

    I used to clench and grind my teeth at night and I was put on a muscle relaxer by my neurologist. Have you talked to your neurologist about that? This has eliminated my teeth grinding/clenching at night completely. It never hurts to ask! I’m sorry about your pain!

  • Teecha14
    5 years ago

    Change in weather seems to be a huge trigger these days…Followed by bright lights(florescent),fragrances like AXE (ugh) and other types of odor cover ups. Wine… Sometimes loss of sleep, dehydration, hunger. If all the stars are in a perfect line…BAM

  • carrie67
    5 years ago

    I’m the same with weather change. Never bothered me until I got in my 40’s and now I can tell when a weather front is coming about 3 days out. AXE bothers me as well….I HATE that stuff!!!!

    Hope you find relief!

  • Mrs Flick
    5 years ago

    Artificial sweeteners, MSG, nitrates, onions (both the food & the smell), bacon (the smell & the food), cinnamon (the kind found in crafts or candles), strong odors & perfumes, cleaning products, weather. Also, when my fibromyalgia flares up, and I’m currently recovering from neck surgery, which hasn’t helped my migraines any.

  • Angie
    5 years ago

    Bleach, cigarette smoke, strong light,sometimes hunger. Most of the time I don’t know what the heck triggers them but these will also exacerbate them.

  • Suki G.
    5 years ago

    synthetic fragrance

  • kimP
    5 years ago

    I hate when people wear something that is named a natural name but is anything but. Like vanilla or lavender. I have now gone to making my own scents with the actual oils or buying only naturally scented body products. I hate perfume, to me it all smells like insect spray. Yuck!!

  • jamdr
    5 years ago

    it is THE WORST!

  • mdselb5
    5 years ago

    I have a lot of triggers. MSG, alcohol, strong smells, bright lights, loudness, estrogen (monthly time), weather changes, stress, lack of sleep, smoke. Th weird thing is the things that are supposed to trigger your migraine is what I crave when I have one,…..like chocolate, cheeses and caffeine which I know is ok in small doses to even help.

  • barryolliver
    5 years ago

    I wish I knew what my triggers are. I’m sure I’ll figure it out one day. I’ve only had migraines for a little over 50 years, so I guess there’s still time.

    Having said that, I do know of one definite trigger. Most supermarkets have red tone lighting in the meat section. Being exposed to that light for even less than a minute is guaranteed to bring on a migraine within minutes. Depending on the layout of the supermarket, shopping can be rather hazardous. There is one company I avoid as the meat section runs along the back wall at right angles to the isles in all their shops. It’s impossible to avoid the lighting once you get about half way down an isle.

  • marti
    5 years ago

    The smell of bleach. Followed very closely by rain.

  • Jaume
    5 years ago

    perfume

  • Dolly Ward Paice
    5 years ago

    Large groups of people talking at once, you, that “buzzing” indecipherable conversation of many people.

  • NursePammie
    5 years ago

    Red wine. Barometric pressure changes is a close second.

  • kischrjo
    5 years ago

    Barometric pressure changes are the worst, i have only had one glass of wine in my life and the migraine that followed kept me from EVER trying again-that was 31 yrs ago, processed meat, exreme heat, big temp changes or storms, bright or fluorescent light, stress, too much or too little sleep and odors-good or bad.

  • cjc
    5 years ago

    barometer change and lack of sleep.

  • Kate
    5 years ago

    Thriftykate-I have read through and concur with most of these triggers. Mine started in my early twenties with erratic sleep patterns and rapidly progressed to debilitating. Daily Inderal helped me alot, but I still cannot come with 50 feet of and MSG or Red wine. The dietary restirictions of Migraine are frustrating to me, and very BORING.

  • Evelyn C
    5 years ago

    Bright light. No matter what kind. It really bothers me that I live in fear of the Sun, when I used to love it.

  • onehsancare
    5 years ago

    Perfume! Or cologne. Or aftershave. Or bodyspray. Or scented lotion.

    It’s amazing how many products there are that people must not recognize are scented when I say, “Perfumes and other scents trigger migraines for me, so I’d appreciate it if you don’t wear any for our meeting next week.” (Or they don’t care–“Oh, I didn’t think you meant bodyspray!” is hard to swallow!)

  • Nichole
    5 years ago

    I have a hard time trying to decide whether or not to continue asking the same people not to wear fragrance. My roommate does it and when I ask her if she remembered that her perfume triggers my migraines, she just snaps “It’ll fade soon” and that’s that. I end up getting stuck in the car covering my nose and mouth with a scarf until I can finally get away from it. It makes me feel rude, but I either have to not get in the car at all and ruin our plans or look like a bank robber until I’m outside.

    How do you deal with that situation?

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    Closet Migraineur,
    In cases like this, where people don’t listen or don’t believe you, I send them articles on the topic to show them you’re not making it up and it’s a very real issue that many people deal with. Sometimes a third party saying the same thing you have validates your point for others. Give it a try!
    -Katie

  • Suki G.
    5 years ago

    So much education is needed in this area. You are not alone many of us struggle with same problem.

  • whall7
    5 years ago

    Hazelnut coffee

  • Robinthegirlwonder
    5 years ago

    Lack of sleep. Eating,

  • Steph
    5 years ago

    Alcohol, chocolate, oranges, OJ, onions, riding in cars, riding on planes, trains especially sitting backwards, looking at sunlight through blinds, bright lights, smells, stress, hot weather or storms, too much or not enough sleep, carb overload. Just so so many things

  • Marilee23
    5 years ago

    Chocolate, light, smells, noises, weather – such as humidity, life.

  • Marissa
    5 years ago

    Barometric pressure dropping & red onions

  • debbiec
    5 years ago

    Flashing lights, barometric pressure.

  • bjn1tu
    5 years ago

    In about 20 minutes im going to have a sunlight induced migraine. Yippy

  • DianaGail
    5 years ago

    a falling barometer, flashing lights. I’m hoping to outgrow them…but I’m 72 now..

  • M2the4
    5 years ago

    barometer dropping and all alcohol

  • scotchbonnet
    5 years ago

    Perfume, Aloe vera, bleach, high pitched noises. Bright lights, flashing lights. Any dam thing that’s going!

  • Merri
    5 years ago

    Barometric pressure changes.

  • Hope
    5 years ago

    Barometric change,smells,hormonal shifts,msg,sulfites.

  • mattparker
    5 years ago

    My worst trigger is the weather, with a very close behind is smell, Smoke, Pollen, Shampoo and body washes.

  • Michelle
    5 years ago

    Barometric pressure. Any slight change in weather, temperature, or an approaching front pretty much guarantees a migraine. My head is the best meteorologist in town!

  • Tammy
    5 years ago

    Scents (mainly Cigarettes and perfumes)

  • Karen
    5 years ago

    Diet Coke

  • kellyrobinson
    5 years ago

    Low pressure systems in the weather

  • drg7685
    5 years ago

    Stress, smells, lack of sleep due to stress!

  • Lifelongmigraines
    5 years ago

    WEATHER! I live in south Alabama and we have crazy weather changes around here! Also stress, strong odors, and bright lights! I have tried everything but Botox. My neurologist hopes I will grow out of them.

  • Adamsgran726
    5 years ago

    WEATHER. We’re having terrible weather in Georgia right now, and I’ve had a migraine 4 days in a row.

  • bjn1tu
    5 years ago

    Light

  • Tinkling
    5 years ago

    MSG! Mono sodium glutumate

  • drg7685
    5 years ago

    MSG is a 3 day journey for me as well!

  • Adamsgran726
    5 years ago

    Me, too. If I inadvertently eat something with MSG, I have a migraine within 30 minutes.

  • Derek
    5 years ago

    light

  • lynn
    5 years ago

    Hormones, weather, and odors.

  • Tracy Grant
    5 years ago

    My menstrual cycle. Bad one that last 3 days. All my friends have finished their periods, but no…. I have to be the one that carries on…. just when I want to be the one that finishes the darn thing so hope might become reality. One day….

  • hollygolitely817
    5 years ago

    I’ve never posted before, only read and used this site as a tremendous resource, but I couldn’t resist. My worst triggers are:

    Winter (I have months long cycles in winter), weather/barometric pressure changes. Dehydration and hunger make it worse, much worse.

  • Brooke
    5 years ago

    Weather, hormones, alcohol, hungar, bright lights, strong scents, loud noises, lack of sleep, stress

  • Elaine Gross
    5 years ago

    Barometric pressure changes. I live on the East Coast, and it seems like we’ve had so much rain/snow/ice. It’s been awful.

  • Michelle
    5 years ago

    I feel your pain… Literally! I live in VA and it’s been a miserable winter for me too. Keeping my fingers crossed for a mild spring and summer!

  • becky
    5 years ago

    vitamin d deficiency

  • Steelmagnolia
    5 years ago

    My worst trigger is stupid people and the stress they cause….well I may be being a little facetious here, but seriously… it really gets my blood boiling when others are just plain stupid.

  • linda
    5 years ago

    me too!!!

  • lynn
    5 years ago

    Yes, I should have added that to my list! 🙂

  • sweetp
    6 years ago

    Changes in weather—low pressures/high pressures, thunderstorms, snowstorms, rain. I need to live in Hawaii!!

  • bluebird
    4 years ago

    I second what Kimp says. I did not know so many of us are suffering from weather related triggers. My doctors don’t have much to offer about that except “anecdotal reports”. Weather changes is my clearest. trigger!!!!
    Seems like it is on nearly everyone’s list.

  • kimP
    5 years ago

    I am new to this site and feel so much better knowing that I am not the only one who hates the weather changes. Always a trigger. Texas weather is so extreme with temps changing and storms. Reading thru this, I am amazed that it looks like weather just may be the number one trigger yet docs sure don’t talk about it much in my opinion.

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    6 years ago

    Well, if I have to have chronic Migraine, I can’t think of a better place to have them 🙂

  • Laura E. Phillips
    7 years ago

    perfume

  • Kerry Sue
    7 years ago

    weather change. hormones are second. combine the two and, well, ya.

  • Nan Taylor
    7 years ago

    weather and chemical smells.

  • Sharon Alexander
    7 years ago

    Strong perfume, guaranteed.

  • Lousendy
    7 years ago

    Weather, I know when a storm is coming. And my cycle.

  • Mindy Willers
    7 years ago

    MSG and weather.

  • Mindy Willers
    7 years ago

    stress and lack of sleep

  • Cristal Stevens Case
    7 years ago

    Weather!

  • Cristal Stevens Case
    7 years ago

    Botox – yeah…you got it right. You get around 30 injections. The middle of your forehead, your temples, back of your neck, back of your scalp!

  • William Rhea
    7 years ago

    Do u mean botox like ‘get rid of my wrinkles’ botox or is it something else? Thats the only thing i can think of!

  • Cristal Stevens Case
    7 years ago

    Botox – every 90 days. It has been wonderful for me. I used to get them every day. I am whole different person!

  • William Rhea
    7 years ago

    What are you having done? I have really bad headaches daily. My Dr says theyre migraines but i dont know. All i know is i cant stand this, it sucks!! Glad to hear yours are better! Thanks!

  • Cristal Stevens Case
    7 years ago

    With the new treatment I am taking though…I have to say I only have one migraine a month (guess when that is?). However, this month I have had one with my uncle’s passing. Stress is a doozey!

  • Asha D Davidson
    7 years ago

    mine too and stress!!!

  • Simone Soileau
    7 years ago

    Weather, barometer fluctuations, cold fronts.

  • Terri Bogle Grooms
    7 years ago

    Barometric pressure and light.

  • Jaime Michele Sanders
    7 years ago

    Popcorn, chocolate, and weather.

  • Reama
    5 years ago

    Wow, popcorn…even plain air popped popcorn with nothing on it?

    Trying to figure out my own triggers, and I eat a lot of popcorn…

    Reama

  • Gail Alison
    7 years ago

    whiteness, whether lights or a lot of white someplace.

  • Pam Thompson Todd
    7 years ago

    Strong odors, weather, not getting enough rest.

  • Richard J. Rooney
    7 years ago

    In a word, my worst trigger is the”wind”!

  • Andi
    7 years ago

    Splenda aka sucralose. Evil migraines.

  • Sarah Hackley
    7 years ago
  • Marilee23
    5 years ago

    I needed to add that also.

  • Samantha Price Fischer Kyle
    7 years ago

    weather, bright lights, low blood sugar.

  • Cyndi Jordan
    7 years ago

    Scents, bright or flashing lights, overstimulation, weather changes.

  • whall7
    5 years ago

    Looking at all of these posts it seems many of us share a great deal of the same triggers…I originally only listed one as that is what the question asked for!!
    Another similarity my daughter and I who live 40 miles away from each other most often have a migraine on the same day! Looking at the triggers many share, I’m no longer surprised. I’m amazed at how many are affected by the weather and barometric pressure!

  • Alison Emery Brady
    7 years ago

    weather changes, bright light, flashing light, (Tea, coffee, or chocolate help) I do have a service dog who can alert up to a day in advance to the weather change so I can be prepared.

  • Cathy
    7 years ago

    weather changes – I’m better than the Weather Channel at predicting the weather!

  • Kay Strickland Fox
    7 years ago

    loud noise & bright light.

  • Carmen Reyes
    7 years ago

    Msg, some perfumes, very strong odors like desinfectant or air fresheners.

  • Judy Collins
    7 years ago

    Breathing? wish I could identify one…it’s there when I wake and go to sleep.

  • 7 years ago

    Without a doubt, RED WINE! Any alcohol, weather, stress, flashing light.

  • Calliope0915
    7 years ago

    diet soda, barometric changes, too much cheese, hot dogs

  • Suzette Susan Mack
    7 years ago

    anything with vinegar in it, spices, the smell of cinammon, smoke and bright lights!

  • Jason King
    7 years ago

    Overheating during sport.

  • Audrey Frakes King
    7 years ago

    Menstruation, I have learned that is causes a totally different migraine that is harder to treat. Most my migraines are on the left side of my head for everything else, but menstruation causes a much more severe migraine on the right side, high blood pressure and my medication usually does not help (I can only take two pills in a 24 hour period), so I usually warrant a trip to the ER if I cannot get it under control.

  • Tracy Grant
    5 years ago

    I am the same. Menstrual migraines are much harder to kill that migraines at any other time of the month. Mid cycle ones are not great, but i can usually kill them with codeine, nurofen and coke.

  • Laura Slack Pagel
    7 years ago

    loudness and bright lights.

  • Becky DuBose
    7 years ago

    Chocolate and I love it, also weather.

  • Tricia Lee Bond
    7 years ago

    Smells, Florescent Lights, Weather, Stress.

  • Tricia Lee Bond
    7 years ago

    Michelle, You can go to this site and it has a migraine diary. I have found this site to be very hepful. LOAD’s of information. Check it out…

  • Michelle Crawford
    7 years ago

    Weather

  • Adeana King
    7 years ago

    Aspartame.

  • Buffie Hayes Perrell
    7 years ago

    Stress, bright lights, flashing lights, heat, red dye #40, (its in just about everything) MSG, smells, (perfumes) barometric pressure (thunder storms) wind shield wipers, constant noise, Maple flavoring, and too many more to count.

  • cartha
    7 years ago

    stress, barometric changes, red food and sauces, salt

  • Sandy Farley
    7 years ago

    MSG, weather changes, artificial sweeteners, bright lights, heat, sulfites ect.

  • Marquita Fuchs
    7 years ago

    hurricaines, smike

  • Andy Honaker
    7 years ago

    No matter where you go, you always take the weather with you.

  • Barbara Gronstrom Harrison
    7 years ago

    LIGHTS!

  • Julie McCusker
    7 years ago

    Especially CAMERAS

  • Catherine Silks
    7 years ago

    Migraines BITE! (When I first glanced at this, still stuck in tropical storm mode, I thought you’d just gotten power back and was ready to celebrate, but BOO on migraines.)

  • Susan
    7 years ago

    Chocolate, Alcohol, aged Cheese

  • Sherri Capizzi
    7 years ago

    Weather changes, red wine, any aged products such as cheeses, strong lights, strong smells. I had surgery for Trigeminal Neuralgia and since than, I think its worse because my senses are hypersensitive.

  • Bronwyn Dougherty
    7 years ago

    In a word, my worst trigger is STRESS.

  • April Kenney
    7 years ago

    Stress!

  • Tamra Robertson
    7 years ago

    When I used to have migraines my worst trigger was also stress. One day when I was working at the bank, I lost my eyesight is how bad my migraine was. I don’t think I’ve had more than five migraines in the last twenty eight years, but used to have two or three a week before I got done at the bank.

  • Carol Snider Turnbull
    7 years ago

    Chocolate, Stress, Overheating, Active Windshield Wipers, Looking at Fans, or Looking up for any length of time, Windy Roads, Pita Bread and Chips, Bagels, Strong Perfume, Neck Spasms….

  • Carol Snider Turnbull
    7 years ago

    Also, Not Eating is really bad, and Loud Pounding Music can increase a headache, any Steady, Flashing Light, Fluorescent Lights that are about to die–awful!

  • Jeanenne Nunley Sandel
    7 years ago

    MSG, weather changes.

  • Becky Ables
    7 years ago

    Weather

  • Anne-Marie Allen
    7 years ago

    too many for one word…:(

  • Anne-Marie Allen
    7 years ago

    can’t

  • Diana Lee
    7 years ago

    Overheating. Also, weather changes, MSG, fluorescent lights.

  • Sandy McCarthy Brooks
    7 years ago

    CHANGING WEATHER!!!!!!! the older type fluorescent lights are a close 2nd.

  • Jamie Valendy
    7 years ago

    Weather, stress, aspartame, MSG, strong smells, lights, sounds, being around a lot of people very long…

  • Karen M. Smith-Bryant
    7 years ago

    extreme hunger. worst migraines (cause sound sensitivity, smell sensitivity, dizzyness, nausea, the whole shebang) but they are the easiest to cure, though, if I force myself through the pain and symptoms to eat.

  • Karen M. Smith-Bryant
    7 years ago

    i dont really have anything that triggers migraines though, for me they just happen out of nowhere.

  • Hanan Mohammed Ali
    7 years ago

    stress

  • Hanan Mohammed Ali
    7 years ago

    bad mood

  • Elaine Peterson Ayers
    7 years ago

    aspertame, bright lights (eye exams = migraine), weather changes, red wine, stress let down. I know that’s not one word, but one word doesn’t’ get it.

  • Cheri Burchfield-Bass
    7 years ago

    the auras and flashes I get then I know a migraine is starting.

  • Jean Oliver
    7 years ago

    Insomnia

  • Jean Oliver
    7 years ago

    Ha! VA scrap book tops any science project!

  • Robin Hall Putnam
    7 years ago

    Science project on simple machines would be my trigger!

  • Kris Lansdown
    7 years ago

    Fragrances, Stress, MSG!

  • Jill Oglesby Dehlin
    7 years ago

    alcohol

  • Tammy Shoulak
    7 years ago

    Hormones, certain perfumes, and stress.

  • Tammy Shoulak
    7 years ago

    How TRUE BRYCE! LOL

  • Bryce Wilson
    7 years ago

    Men in general

  • Tammy Shoulak
    7 years ago

    Oh yes… I forgot…. The EX! 🙁

  • Christine Bergman
    7 years ago

    hormonal teenage daughters

  • Sara Barbeau Kamyszek
    7 years ago

    Humidity at a certain level

  • Missy Miller
    7 years ago

    STRESS!!!

  • Charles Berry
    7 years ago

    Hunger, I’ve been told by Doctors I have an extremely high Metabolism and anything I eat burns up fast, so literally I have to try to eat as much as possible to keep me satisfied and Migraines away, and no I don’t gain weight at all (170lb@44yrs old and have been this weight for as long as I can remember) lol also too much sleep, not enough sleep, I range in the 6hr area, more or less and I get severe Migraines.

  • Stephanie L. Esquivel
    7 years ago

    Stresss, chemical-paint/nail polish remover, sun/heatheat.

  • Julie M. Esquivel Rivera
    7 years ago

    Good morning cuz!

  • Michelle Mathis
    7 years ago

    Stress, followed closely by flashing lights some odors.

  • Cyndi Carter
    7 years ago

    stress… for sure!

  • Sandi Allred
    7 years ago

    bright lights, msg, Armani after shave, chocolate, weather changes.

  • Hanako Da Costa
    7 years ago

    lack of sleep, crowd, stress, glasses, having s stiff back

  • Maureen Baxter Douglas
    7 years ago

    weather.

  • Lissie McClelland Nicolaides
    7 years ago

    Mango

  • Bea Cl
    7 years ago

    weather, tomato, red wine , fog,

  • Chris Zahn
    7 years ago

    weather

  • Louise M. Houle
    7 years ago

    menstruation (and weather changes!)

  • Lila Clark Ueker
    7 years ago

    MSG, strong smells, lack of sleep, stress, flashing lights, storms, artiifical sugar.

  • Teresa Webb-Martin
    7 years ago

    Sucralose is bad, bad, bad…..but weather changes trigger them too.

  • Dawn Robertson-Furchi
    7 years ago

    weather related…low pressure system or intense heat, strong perfume smells, rum.

  • Chris James
    7 years ago

    My big trigger is stress.

  • Melinda Boumans
    7 years ago

    tyramine

  • Liz DeLuca Almond
    7 years ago

    Red wine, chocolate, rain, noise, flashing lights, afterca stressful situation (let-down headache).

  • Lori Lee Morris
    7 years ago

    Weather changes and peanut butter.

  • Barbara Collins
    7 years ago

    MSG

  • Jennifer
    7 years ago

    alcohol, smoke, stress, weather changes and heat.

  • Lee Senat
    7 years ago

    my worst is when I mix tea and coffee within 6 hours of each other!

  • Pamela Chaffin Kirk
    7 years ago

    potato peelings, some artifical food flavorings.

  • Debra Nemeth
    7 years ago

    WEATHER (CHANGES)

  • Samantha Messer
    7 years ago

    Change of routine.

  • Sybill
    4 years ago

    I’ve had migraines since I was 6 years old and have only pinpointed 3 major triggers:
    1.) Stress/Getting over excited
    2.) Skipping too many meals
    3.) Changes in barometric pressure
    I wouldn’t say bright lights,smells, strobing lights or loud noises trigger the migraines, they just seem to be aggravating factors once I’m already in “migraine-mode”

  • Migraine.com
    7 years ago

    Nearly 30% of people experience aura! http://migraine.com/migraine-types/migraine-with-aura/

  • Samantha Messer
    7 years ago

    I have the aura too. I have zig zags they transverse my vision in a bout 20 minutes but i get no headache, mum gets auras too, i also get sickness. I have to eat regularly, avoid stress and avoid change of routine. They are a pain i find only solpadeine works. I did have a nasal spray that widens blood vessels in your head but it goves you palpatations. x

  • Kirsty Connolly
    7 years ago

    I don’t tend to have a trigger – I’m one of the 5% in this country that has the Aura – I know I’m gonna get one as it’s like looking through a teardrop – and then I see zig-zags instead of straight lines for days! Immigran helps – but nothing else does :0(

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