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10 Possible Triggers of a Migraine

Learning to manage migraines can be quite tricky. Here are 10 possible triggers:
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1. What you eat
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There are certain types of food, the common ones being, chocolate, cheese and caffeine, but triggers can also include wheat, citrus fruits, seafood, artificial sweeteners and many others.

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2. Dehydration
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Staying hydrated is important – not drinking enough water or fluids can be a trigger.

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3. Exercise
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Excessive physical activity or strenuous workouts – particularly if you haven’t eaten enough beforehand.

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4. Excitement
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Many young people are surprised to hear that excitement or an adrenalin rush can trigger a migraine.

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5. Hormones
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There’s often a link between puberty and the onset of migraines. 50% of young women say that their periods affect their migraines and the contraceptive pill can also have an impact.

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6. Hunger
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Not eating regular meals, extreme dieting or skipping breakfast.

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7. Lights
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Bright lights, flickering/flashing lights or artificial lighting.

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8. Sleep patterns
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Not getting enough sleep or even getting too much sleep. Many young people get ‘weekend migraines’ that come on after a lie-in.

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9. Stress
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Feeling anxious, worried or being under a lot of pressure.

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10. Weather changes
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Changes in temperature, humidity or storms.

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