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Pinpointing My Triggers.

Hey everybody! I am new here and so glad to connect. I am new to the community and had a question about the triggers I have recently started getting migraine attacks (2-3 years) and can't seem to figure out the trigger. Could anyone help me here? How do you pinpoint on one thing?


  1. The trigger? These are some areas to consider scents/odors, light (steady or flickering), stress, hormones, weather changes, too much/little sleep, change of routine, food/beverages and additives, sounds. It is probably a combination of things. There is an elimination diet to try to figure out possible food triggers.
    Here is a forum that might help
    https://migraine.com/forum/causes/triggers/

      1. Thank you!

    1. Thank you! Appreciate the support!

      1. Hi .

        Please forgive the delayed response! Let me see what information I can give you that will be useful.

        Triggers are tough, and tricky - may be in part because we all don't have the same triggers. In my opinion, the big triggers for most people with migraine include becoming dehydrated, irregular sleeping patterns and skipping meals. Because our brains seem to be overly sensitive, we need routine, routine and more routine in our life! Migraine brain thrives on boring. Some people have one food trigger, others have lots and then some don't have food triggers. Other migraine attack triggers can include but are not limited to changes in the barometric pressure, fluctuating hormones, lights, and odors to name a few. Keeping a detailed migraine diary is one way to try and identify any patterns and triggers our attacks have. One complication is that our migraine attack triggers and symptoms can change over time. When you get a chance, take a look at this info; https://migraine.com/blog/keeping-migraine-diary-basics/.
        Another issue with triggers is they can be stackable. This means we can get dehydrated one day and not get a migraine attack, but if we stay dehydrated, don't keep a regular sleeping pattern and a weather front moves - BAM an attack may occur as the triggers have "stacked". Here is a two part article on triggers; https://migraine.com/living-migraine/complex-triggers/ and https://migraine.com/living-migraine/manage-identify-triggers/.

        I gave you a load to read!! Will you let me know what you think?

        Wishing you a low pain day,
        Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Advocate/Moderator

        1. Hello Nancy! Thank you very much for your reply! I have read through the material you linked and found it to be very informative. I will start keeping a detailed migraine diary. I feel that's the best way to pinpoint the trigger. Also, I can highly relate to the triggers being stacked! Thank you once again for your support. I highly appreciate it.

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