Migraine Headache Triggers to Avoid..


Migraine headache triggers responsible for headaches.

We think of migraine triggers that are connected with foods and beverages such as red wine. Actually migraine triggers can cover a much broader range than foods. We all know a few migraine sufferers that develop migraines when they come in contact with other things.

Although taking to much pain medicine isn't a trigger, 85% of sufferers fall into the rebound trap. A migraine sufferer, can't take to much pain medicine, (we'll list some below that are acceptable.)

How many migraine triggers does it take?

Some additives, and foods in general are to be eliminated to find out if this is triggering the headaches.

When a migraine is experienced the trigger level has gotten above the threshold. If you're wondering what I'm talking about, (threshold) imagine a line around the head, say three inches from the top. That line is the threshold. The more fully activated the mechanism, the more severe the symptoms are. To control this keep the migraine headache triggers below this threshold.

Now if several "things" are triggering the migraine, food or beverages, and the pain level is sneaking up to the line, the trigger load is increasing. One trigger in itself may not be enough to set it off, but several can. And remember, something that was consumed a day or so earlier can trigger the migraine for today.

Reducing the trigger load is accomplished mostly by avoiding certain dietary items, and medications. We are listing on this page foods, and beverages to watch out for in the migraine headache triggers. Don't forget that there are many more. And we have pages on all.

Migraine headache triggers in foods to watch.


Caffeine, as in coffee, tea, even iced tea, and sodas. Others are:

  • No dark Chocolate, just the white chocolate...
  • Monosodium Glutamate MSG. Restaurant food has this in it, also ready to eat meals, gravies, veggie burgers. Watch out for hidden MSG in foods while shopping. Also, there're more foods that contain this. It gives the flavor to many foods that have been processed.
  • Processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon, bologna, and wild game (Contains Tyramine), and fish
  • Cheese, and other dairy products. The more aged, the worst, pizza, yogurt, sour cream, and buttermilk are to be looked at...
  • All kinds of nuts are to be avoided.
  • Alcohol is to be avoided, especially red wine, champagne, and dark or heavy drinks...

Ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, another favorite of most people...

  • Certain vegetables such as onions, sauerkraut, pea pods, and some beans...
  • Some juices, and fruits like bananas, oranges, raisins, and other dried fruits if preserved with sulfates...

We consume these foods every day without a thought 

For a migraine sufferer, some of these foods or beverages can trigger a migraine. There're quite a few migraine headache triggers to avoid. Keep a diary, and when a migraine attack is had,  go back and see if any of the migraine trigger foods were consumed.These are the triggers to do something about, but some migraine triggers can't be changed, such as the weather.  

The foods and liquids above travel to the blood vessels in the head, and makes them dilate.

We've talked about the foods that can trigger a migraine. This is a site that can tell one about all of the healthy foods to eat.

Medications that are migraine headache triggers.

They are:

  • Hormone replacement therapy 
  • Hormonal treatments 
  • Adrenaline drugs 
  • Stimulants 
  • Diet pills 
  • Vasodilators for the heart 
  • Some antidepressants. 

The list seems endless, so one has to be on guard continually for headache triggers.

Medicines are migraine headache triggers if taken to often.

Certain drugs act on blood vessels by constricting them, and temporarily taking away the painful swelling. Then the drug wears off, and the blood vessels swell even more.

Here's a quick rundown of the ones that could be giving a rebound, and if that's the problem, that should be corrected before going to the migraine headache triggers in foods. There's a plan to help migraines, and has to be followed to feel relief. Such as pain medicine, food triggers, taking vitamins, and so forth.

  • Triptans, such as imitrex, zomig, axert, and others in this class... There are none better when it comes to taking away the migraines, but a few times a month is all they are suppose to be taken. Ask the headache specialist on this one.
  • Ergotamines, such as ergomar, migraine, and migranal. Opioids, and related drugs, tylenol with codeine, percocet, darvocet oxyContin, ultram (DRS love to give out these)...
  • Decongestants such as sudafed, tylenol sinus, and many others...
  • Caffeine containing analgesics such as excedrin, anacin, B.C.headache powder, and others...
  • And butalbital compounds in fiorinal, fioricet, esgic plus, and others. So the list goes on...

We know relief is needed, but you don't want migraines to turn to chronic everyday migraines.

Pain medicine to take in moderation..

Rebound headaches can occur in about all pain medicine. Some that may be acceptable occasionally are:

  •  Ibuprofen
  •  Acetaminophen
  • Aspirin without caffeine can be taken but watch the stomach, bleeding could occur. 

Try a preventive medicine, and look for the trigger/cause of the migraines, eliminate them without consuming to much pain medicine.

Thanks for reading, we hope this gave you some useful info.

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