One of the first and most essential weapons to add to our migraine arsenal is trigger identification and management. For many years, I lived with migraine disease without knowing about triggers. My great grandmother, grandfather, and mother all had migraines, but they never talked about triggers. For about the first 30 years that I went to doctors for my migraines, none of them ever mentioned triggers. Ever.
It wasn't until I was in my 30's, and my frequent and severe migraines drove me to doing my own migraine research that I learned about triggers. I was astounded, and I was angry with the doctors who had never explained triggers to me. I was angry because some of my triggers are avoidable, and knowing about them could have saved me from so many migraines. As many people do, I used to get up early for work during the week, then sleep in on weekends. There were many Saturdays that I woke with a "sinus headache," and lost the entire day to it. Now, I know two things about those days and "sinus headaches:"
Those "sinus headaches" were really migraine attacks.