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How to avoid triggers of migraines?

How to avoid triggers of migraines?

Track triggers: Keep a headache diary so you can isolate your triggers and therefore avoid them. Be aware of certain foods, stress, light, lack of sleep, and times of the month. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Definition)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light ...Read more


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What foods trigger and irritate migraine headaches?

What foods trigger and irritate migraine headaches?

Migraine Triggers: In approximately 10% of migraineurs, food can trigger an attack. These triggers include vasoactive substances such as cheese, alcohol (red wine), chocolate, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates, or tyramine, and aspartame, a sugar substitute used in Equal. ...Read more

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Can drinking caffeine trigger a migraine headache?

Can drinking caffeine trigger a migraine headache?

Possible: Caffeine has been used with tylenol (acetaminophen) and Aspirin to stop headaches and is often of value. But many patients are habituated to daily coffee, and may stop their ingestion on weekends, when headaches occur due to caffeine withdrawal. Do not usually see caffeine provoking a migraine. ...Read more

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Can eating certain foods help me avoid migraines?

Can eating certain foods help me avoid migraines?

Yes: Actually it is more helpful to avoid certain foods that may trigger your migraines. These foods vary from person to person. ...Read more

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I was told pork triggers migraines.What foods can trigger migraines?

I was told pork triggers migraines.What foods can trigger migraines?

Many different ones: Foods that can trigger migraines include: old cheese (tyramine) alcohol food additives nuts caffeine aspartame/artificial sweeteners chocolate cold foods (ice, ice cream) cheese deserts. ...Read more

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Can taking exedrin for migraines increase frequency of migraines? 

Can taking exedrin for migraines increase frequency of migraines? 

Definately: Especially if you are doing this every day. This can cause a condition sometimes called transformed migraine or rebound headaches which are actually harder to treat than the initial problem. You need to get on preventive meds and stop chasing the headaches with ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Can sunglasses prevent or lessen migraine intensity? I'm very sensitive to light during my migraines.

Many: Many people are sensitive to light during headaches. The first goal should be, find a way to reduce your headaches. Speak with your doctor about what the best treatments are. www.theraspecs.com. ...Read more

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Can everyday migraines lead to seizures or stroke?

Can everyday migraines lead to seizures or stroke?

Well: You have to find the cause of the headache. You should go see doctor for it is not normal to have headache everyday and there could be many things that have to be ruled out to find the cause of the headache. Depending on the cause it is possible to have more serious issues line seizure or stroke ...Read more

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What foods will trigger migraines?

What foods will trigger migraines?

This in individual: Food triggers vary from one migraineur to another. Common examples may include alcoholic beverages, certain aged cheeses, chocolate, yeasty breads, citrus. Creating a food diary may help identify specific triggers. ...Read more

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Weekly Migraine headaches normally triggeredby certain foofoods, direct sunlight. Managing by inducing vomiting drinking warm water & skipping 2 meals?

Weekly Migraine headaches normally triggeredby certain foofoods, direct sunlight. Managing by inducing vomiting drinking warm water & skipping 2 meals?

Migraines: are quite common but very RARE to begin over age 60. Often they interact with food. A new severe headache certainly would be a reason to check out if there is a brain problem by taking a look like with a cat scan. Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, however ...Read more

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Why do bright lights trigger migraines in me?

Why do bright lights trigger migraines in me?

Triggers: As we better understand migraine, it appears that the brain becomes more sensitive to bright lights and loud noises hours before the migraine starts. The sensitivity to lights may not be the trigger but just a symptom of the headache that has already started. ...Read more

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What are the foods to avoid with migraines?

What are the  foods to avoid  with migraines?

VAries: Food triggers for migraines vary greatly from person to person, but common triggers include alcohol, cheese, the flavor enhancer msg, processed meats (salami, sausages), artificial sweeteners, caffeine (especially withdrawal after missing your customary morning coffee). ...Read more

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I'm getting severe migraines 2-3x a week. With auras, nausea, sensitivity to light everything. They don't respond to fioricet, (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) immitrex, or OTC meds?

I'm getting severe migraines 2-3x a week. With auras, nausea, sensitivity to light everything. They don't respond to fioricet, (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) immitrex, or OTC meds?

Neurologist: With frequent severe headaches that do not respond to the usual first treatments you should be seeing a neurologist. There are still several other types of medications that can be used to treat and prevent migraines that you could try. ...Read more

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Can I avoid getting GERD by avoidinc spicy foods?

Can I avoid getting GERD by avoidinc spicy foods?

GERD control: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, zegerid). See a GI doctor if persistent. ...Read more

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How much daily caffeine creates risk of caffeine withdrawal headache?

How much daily caffeine creates risk of caffeine withdrawal headache?

Depends: If you are a migraine sufferer caffeine is not your friend. And in fact over time, can make your migraine headaches worse. You should strive to decrease or eliminate caffeine from your daily intake as much as possible. Caffeine is a potent vasoconstrictor much like many migraine medications. Wearing off this often causes rebound vasocongestion causing or triggering more migraine headaches. ...Read more

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Is esgic (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) plus effective for migraine type headaches?

Is  esgic (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) plus effective for migraine type headaches?

Not always.: First, it depends on the cause of the headache, since it contains acetaminophen, caffeine, and a barbiturate. Its official indication is for severe tension headaches. There are other medicines that would be better for migraine treatment. If your headaches are severe, please see your doctor for diagnosis and any needed treatment. ...Read more

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Can migraines be linked to high blood pressure? I get occasional migraines along with optical migraines frequently.

Can migraines be linked to high blood pressure? I get occasional migraines along with optical migraines frequently.

No: High BP can give headaches but these are not migraines. Migraines however can raise blood pressure as any pain through increased adrenergic state. ...Read more

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