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Headache Triggers

Food Triggers

  • Aged Cheese
  • Alcohol/Red Wine
  • Chocolate
  • Vinegar (except white vinegar)
  • MSG (monosodium glutamate)
  • Nuts, peanut butter
  • Hot fresh breads, raised coffee cakes and doughnuts
  • Lima beans, navy beans, and pea pods
  • Canned figs
  • Bananas
  • Pizza
  • Pork
  • Processed meats (hotdogs, bologna, sandwich meat)
  • Food dyes
  • Sauerkraut
  • Caffeine
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Citrus fruits
  • Sour cream, yogurt

Lifestyle Triggers

  • Change in sleep patterns or sleep deprivation
  • Skipping meals
  • Change in physical activity

Environment Triggers

  • Weather changes
  • Bright Lights
  • Odors/Pollution

Hormonal Triggers

    Estrogen Level Changes
  • Rapid fluctuations in estrogen levels, such as menstruation, hormone replacement therapies, birth control pills, menopause
  • Puberty

Stress Triggers

  • Work
  • Family
  • Home
  • School work
  • Excess number of extra-curricular activities

Stress Letdown Triggers

  • Discontinuation of Work
  • Weekend/Vacation
  • Ending of Project or Stressful Task

Physical Triggers

  • Injuries - Head Trauma
  • Overexertion - exercising when out of shape or in the heat
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