How do I find my Migraine triggers and the meds for them?

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    I think I have more than one trigger for my migraines so how do i find the meds for it and how do i find out all my triggers I know the weather and also choc how do i find out what else triggers it? Marlene.


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    Dear Marlene;


    Most Migraineurs have more than one trigger. Identifying triggers is very important, especially since some triggers can be avoidable. You can find information on possible triggers in Common Migraine Triggers. The best way to identify what your personal triggers are is to pay attention to your body and your Migraines and keep a good Migraine diary. You can find more information on how to keep a diary and download a free diary workbook from Your Migraine and Headache Diary.


    Some people find that some foods can be triggers; others don't have any food triggers. The best way to determine if foods are triggers for you is by doing an elimination diet. You can find more information about the elimination diet, possible food triggers, and a workbook to help with the diet in Managing Migraine – Migraine Trigger Foods.


    As for medications, which medications are best for you doesn't really depend on what your triggers are unless your triggers are hormonal shifts. If they are, you may find hormonal treatment helps with Migraine prevention. Otherwise, finding the best medications is a matter of trying medications to see what works best for you. Everyone responds differently to medications, so there's really no "best" medication.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: March 01, 2013