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Migraine Headaches HOL-emblem1-web.GIF (3556 bytes)

How To Determine Your Migraine Trigger?

One of the most important step in the treatment and management of migraine is to determine your migraine trigger – what causes you to have a migraine. This is something you need to determine. The best way to do is to keep a detailed diary. Write down what you have done, what you have taken, onset of migraine, etc.

Initially, eliminate all foods that may cause migraine from your diet. Now you can introduce them one at a time and determine whether they cause migraines.

The process may be complicated, as very often it may be a combination of factors, not just one, that may be causing your migraine. For example, many women find that certain stimulants such as alcohol which have no effect on them regularly can trigger an attack if they're consumed just before a menstrual period or at the time of ovulation. If you are a menstruating woman who suffers from migraines, be sure to make note of your menstrual cycle on your headache diary. Check to see if headaches occur just before you begin to menstruate or when you ovulate, and note any triggers during those times. If you are a postmenopausal women on estrogen therapy, you may find that a change in your hormone treatment will help your headaches.

Sample Diary

Keep a diary of habits and symptoms for at least one month. Be sure to note the following in your diary:

The date and time each headache started

The date and time each headache ended

How long was the attack?

Any other factors that seem to trigger the headache?

bulletSmoke
bulletBright Light
bulletStress
bulletTired
bulletActivity

What did you eat minutes, hours, or a day before the headache?

Did you work late that day?

Did you oversleep?

Did anything remarkable or unusual occur before your attack?

The location and nature of the pain:

bulletThrobbing
bulletAching
bulletStabbing
bulletDull
bulletThe severity of the pain

Other physical symptoms:

bulletNausea
bulletVomiting
bulletVisual disturbance
bulletSensitivity to light
bulletSensitivity to noise
bulletWas it mild or severe?

If you are a woman

When was your last menstrual cycle

bulletperiod start
bulletPeriod end

Do you take birth control pills

bulletIf yes, any connection between birth control pills and the headache?

If you are on hormone replacement therapy

bulletAny connection between HRT and your headache

You will see a migraine pattern that's connected to your eating and other events in your life. Once you identify a substance or episode that causes your headache, you must avoid it if possible.

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