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Information of Triggers Migraines

Emotional stress: people with periods of high stress, or those who have accumulated stress are more prone to getting a migraine attack. Those who have suppressed emotions or react quickly and easily to stress are also likely to have a migraine attack. The most common stressors include anxiety, worry, shock, depression, excitement, mental fatigue, loss and grief etc.

Stress does not necessarily have to be negative in nature; it can be appositive stress as well. Similarly the way an individual reacts to stress may also bring about or prevent an episode of migraine.

In some people, the exceptionally high self-expectations or anticipations from life can also cause a migraine.

Physical stress: overexertion in the form of strenuous exercise (especially when out of shape!), exercise in unfavorable climatic conditions, or even a marathon race can exacerbate a migraine attack.

Visual triggers are made up of over straining of eyes, e.g. in front of a computer Or television screen, bright glaring lights, fluorescent lights, or using glasses of wrong eye power are all known to cause migraine.

Injuries or becoming tired or fatigued as a result of excessive work may also trigger migraine.

Dietary stress: Dietary stress has been studied under various heads; skipped meals or fasting, low blood sugar, use of specific foods or fasting.

A list of specific foods that may trigger migraine are enlisted here. Some food types may act as triggers for some people, while some may not. You have to keep an individual note of what seems to trigger your migraine.

Food type – Examples


Chocolate and cocoa,
alcoholic beverages such as red wine, sherry and beer,
even small quantity of caffeine

Figs, raisins, papaya, avocados, red plums, overripe bananas

Beans, peas, olives, onions