Migraine Term of the Day: Trigger

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • When we're looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.

    Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.

    Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.

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    Today's term: Trigger .

    A trigger is a physiological stimulus which, when encountered, can trigger a headache or Migraine attack. Should not be confused with the root cause.

    We often discuss the various Migraine triggers and how to manage them..

    You can read more about triggers in:

    For more terms, see our Migraine and Headache Glossary .

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    Medical review by John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD.

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    Last updated March 10, 2010
Published On: March 10, 2010