What Triggers a Migraine Headache?

Triggers can include:
  • Stress and/or tension
  • Hormonal changes: menstrual cycles, pregnancy, oral contraceptives
  • Fatigue
  • Missing a meal (causes low blood sugar)
  • Alcohol intake
  • Certain foods: chocolate, cheeses, yogurt, nuts, MSG, nitrates and nitrites (hot dogs, bacon, sausage, lunch meats) and caffeine
  • Glaring or flickering lights
  • Weather changes
Increased Risk Factors include:
  • Family History of Migraines
  • Smoking