Migraines are caused by a variety of triggers, which is headache-speak for “causes a migraine” or “causes a migraine to get worse”. There are many migraine causes, or triggers, and they are as varied as they are non-obvious. There’s no warning on bananas that says “eating this could leave you in pain” (and I love bananas), nor will any high school counselor tell you to not take a stressful career because your neurons will fire improperly.
If you just started getting migraines, we’d recommend that you start by finding out what your migraine causes are, perhaps by using a migraine diary, so that you can avoid the triggers that cause your particular migraines. Your particular triggers can be tricky to track because they can vary in severity depending on the date, weather, diet, age, and a variety of other items.
We’ve managed to track down some tricks of the trade to find your migraine triggers, but first, let’s start with some of the most common triggers.
Other migraine causes are wide ranging, and include a wide variety of other internal and external stimuli.
- Caffeine (too little, or too much)
- Changes in routine
- Hormonal changes in women
- Bright sunlight
- Loud noises
- Glare and flickering lights
- Computer screens
- Sex (or lack of sex)
- Cheese or wine
- Marinated, pickled, and fermented food
- Nuts, peanut butter
- Alcohol, including beer and wine
- Lack of food, or a change in when you eat
- Severe or mild dehydration
- Food additives
- Teeth grinding and bruxism
- Oral contraceptives