Trying to identify Migraine food triggers. Tracking 24 hours. Help!

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    I've had migraines on and off for the past 5 years. I have eliminated some of the common triggers and try to follow a low tyramine diet. My question is can a certain amount of a food cause a migraine or is it simply the exposure to it? For example if yogurt (I read somewhere that yogurt can cause migraines due to the live cultures) is my trigger will I get a migraine every time I eat it or can it be from a build up of a high weekly/monthly intake of yogurt?


    I am desperately trying to find a trigger for my headaches by looking at what I ate the 24 hours before. However I am finding that foods that are on the "avoid" list for migraines that I have eaten before a migraine I have eaten many times before that and not suffered from an immediate headache.

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    Looking for some answers. Please help. Danielle.


    Full Answer:

    Dear Danielle;


    Food triggers can be especially tricky for a number of reasons:
    • Yes, they can change over time.
    • Triggers can be stackable or cumulative, which means that one trigger alone won't trigger a Migraine, but when you add another one to it, or encounter it when your body is stressed from something like a cold or the flu, it will trigger.
    • Another issue is that food can trigger Migraines up to 48 hours later, not 24.

    For more information on Migraine food triggers, take a look at Managing Migraine – Migraine Trigger Foods.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: March 06, 2013