Vitals Interviews Dr. Williams About Common Triggers for Migraines

Vitals Interviews Dr. Williams About Common Triggers for Migraines

Posted By Vernon B. Williams, MD || 19-May-2017

Common Triggers for Migraines

But not everyone has the same triggers, says Dr. Vernon Williams, a neurologist and founding director of the Kerlan-Jobe Center for Sports Neurology at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Triggers can be difficult to identify. For instance, you can come in contact with a trigger as much as 48 hours before your migraine, a trigger might not lead to a migraine every time, and what triggers a migraine in one person might not affect another. However, keeping a diary of your activities and the circumstances surrounding your migraines can help you identify your triggers, Williams says. Here are some of the most common triggers to consider.

  • Additives
  • Alcohol
  • Altitude
  • Caffeine
  • Computer work
  • Dehydration
  • Diet
  • Hormonal changes
  • Sleep
  • Stress

‚ÄčKnow Your Own
Once you know your triggers, keep them on your radar so you can avoid them as much as possible. "Avoidance of your triggers should reduce the number and frequency of migraine events," Williams says. It will take discipline, he says, but it will be worth it.

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