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What in the workplace is worst for triggering Migraine?

Christmas is becoming a distant dream, with work looming over my head I’ve seen my frequency rise tenfold. I guess the stress is one of the clear factors, but what do others feel contributes to their migraine attacks? I certainly feel the lack of natural light is a bummer, and the repetitive noises, but what should I change for the new year to reduce my frequency?

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  • LeilaniRL
    9 months ago

    For me, it’s people’s voices and conversations, and the humming of the a/c, and people moving. Once those hit me, my eyes get really sensitive and I get anxious and nauseous.

  • lightweaver
    1 year ago

    Fluorescent Light hurts me.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi Drew Spathaky,

    Thank you for reaching out. There are a long list of migraine triggers (not just in the workplace) which include but are not limited to irregular sleep patterns, dehydration, certain foods, changes in the barometric pressure, skipping meals, stress, lights, odors, and more. Let me share information on migraine triggers that may be helpful;

    Some of us find keeping a detailed migraine diary very helpful in identifying migraine triggers and patterns our migraine attacks may have. When my son’s migraine attacks began to increase when he was younger, I kept a detailed migraine diary and was able to determine a number of his triggers; dehydration, irregular sleeping patterns, dark chocolate, nitrates and skipping meals. Here is information on how to keep a migraine diary;

    Lighting can be a strong migraine trigger for some of us. You may want to investigate getting a pair of glasses (indoor and outdoor) that are specifically made to help reduce light sensitivity. When you get a chance, take a look at this information; I have a pair of outdoor glasses and love them!

    I hope this helps,

  • Drew Spathaky author
    1 year ago

    Hi Nancy,

    thanks for your comprehensive response, I’ve since began to log my migraines and have discovered its down to the lighting and my diet which surprised me.

    As for the glasses I find myself indoors almost all of the time and think I’d look abit crazy wearing tinted lenses whilst groaning at my desk.

    Kind regards,

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi Drew!

    Thank you for your kind words. Looking a bit “crazy” vs. having a migraine attack works for me!!


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