Eighteen million Americans suffer from migraines. Most are women
between the ages of 15 and 55 and many have a family history of
these debilitating headaches. Fortunately migraines become less
severe and frequent with age.
A migraine headache is a severe pain, usually felt on one side
of the head. The pain is concentrated around the temples or behind
one eye or ear and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and
sensitivity to light and sound. These headaches can last for a few
hours to a few days. For the people who suffer from these intense
headaches the effects can be very disruptive to their lives.
Many things can bring on a migraine headache, but stress is
considered the number one trigger. Common causes include:
Bright light or loud noise
Hormone changes during the menstrual cycle
Lack of food or sleep
Stress and anxiety
While research does not directly link migraines to food, those
My son is 14 years old, and suffers migraines at least 4 times a week Can his eating certain foods cause the migraines? If so, what is a good diet to have, or what food is not good for him to have? Elizabeth.
Yes, it's possible that certain foods are triggering your son's Migraines. Some people find that certain foods do, and some people find that they don't.
The best way to identify food triggers is by doing an elimination diet. You would eliminate a list of possible trigger foods from his diet for a few days, then add them back in, one at a time. It's important to keep in mind that Migraines triggered by foods don't always occur immediately. They can occur up to 48 hours later. For more information and a free downloadable workbook on this, see Managing Migraine - Migraine Trigger Foods .
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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