Changes in Migraine food triggers, smells, noise sound, light - thoughts?

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    Severe changes in food triggers, what was fine is now causing migraine with auras. No Explanation for so many changes, had a dye MRI in tunnel for 1 hour and 1/2, plus 2 neurologists, plus read 4 books on Migraines including Teri Robert's, "Living Well with Migraines." Also, smells, noise, sound & light also exercising for an hour now down to 30 min, also causing MOA. are greater triggers more than ever I must at all times be aware of my environment as to NOT get another painful MOA! Thoughts....??? Jen.


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    Dear Jen;


    Sometimes, there's no reason for these things - patterns just change. Sometimes though, when this happens, it can be traced back to other factors:

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    • Stackable triggers. Take the foods you mention for an example. It's possible that they aren't strong enough triggers to precipitate a Migraine alone, but in combination with another trigger that's not strong enough alone, you get a Migraine. Close your eyes and think back to when these changes started. Did anything change? Is there something in your environment now or something you're doing that could be that added trigger?
    • Another health issue. How's your health otherwise? Is there anything else going on? Anything that stresses your body can make you more susceptible to triggers, so triggers that might not be strong enough to bring on Migraines under other circumstances, can be when there's another issue with your health. This could be a wide range of things - a cold, thyroid issues, diabetes, fibromyalgia, any other health issue.

    What has your doctor said about these changes, Jen? You and he or she will need to figure out if your patterns are just changing or if one of the factors we mentioned are in play.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: August 03, 2012