How to Determine Your Migraine Triggers


Migraines affect millions of people, and they’re one of the biggest chronic health concerns a lot of people have. A migraine goes well beyond a typical headache, and it can cause you to be less productive at work, miss time at work altogether, struggle to keep up with your family responsibilities and migraines can contribute to depression, among other problems.

A big part of dealing with migraines is first determining what triggers them. When you know what’s triggering your migraines, you can then avoid those triggers, or take the necessary steps to remedy them.

Look at Your Lifestyle

First and foremost, before you start drilling down to the specifics, think about your lifestyle. Sometimes this can provide you with clues you need to figure out why you’re getting the throbbing, incapacitating pain of a migraine. For example, you might be working on your computer for hours every day and need a new pair of glasses, or a stronger prescription.

Maybe you’re eating a diet that doesn’t have all the nutrients you need, or maybe you live in a location where there are allergens in the air more so than in other regions that can be contributing to your headaches.

Start A Migraine Journal

Once you’ve considered your general lifestyle factors that could play a role, you should move on to the specifics. Keep track of every migraine you have in a journal. You want to write what you were doing before the migraine started, how long it lasted, if anything helped it, and any other details that could be relevant. You can also describe your symptoms in your migraine journal.

This can help you start to see patterns and links that might indicate what’s triggering your migraines.

Establish a Routine

When you suffer from migraines, you want your life to have a routine and a set of patterns that you follow. By doing the same things at the same time each day, it can not only help identify potential migraine triggers, but it can also help you reduce your risk of getting a migraine.

For example, try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each night, exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.

It’s also important that you manage your level of stress in your daily routine because this can help prevent some migraines. Once you have a routine in your life, spotting a difference in that routine is much easier and can help you uncover why you got a migraine.

Plan Ahead

Along with working to figure out why you get migraines, it’s also important to have a plan in place for when they do strike. Let your HR department at work know you suffer from this condition, and always have medicine on hand to take as soon as possible because this can reduce some of the pain you experience.

Once you’ve done the steps above, you’re better equipped to figure out if there is something specific  triggering your migraines, and then you can work with your doctor on a treatment plan.

Author: Susan Melony