I’m afraid to take magnesium supplements again because I used a spray directly onto my skin, and I got an aura and migraine not long after. Is it possible magnesium can trigger a migraine? Tina.
While it is possible that just about anything CAN trigger a Migraine, we’re not aware of magnesium being something that is a recognized Migraine trigger. We also question the possibility that something sprayed onto the skin could be absorbed in enough quantity or quickly enough to trigger a Migraine and would be more concerned about something else mixed with the magnesium that may have been inhaled through the nose and acted as a trigger.
Thank you for your question,
Dave Watson and Teri Robert
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Dr. David Watson is a UCNS certified migraine and headache specialist and the director of the West Virginia University Headache Center. Dr. Watson takes a special interest in migraines, cluster headaches, and tension-type headaches. He strives to stay up-to-date on current research and treatments and regularly attends continuing medical education conferences.
“Dr. Dave” is also very active in the migraine community, taking part in and leading advocacy efforts to benefit the entire community. He is the founder and chairman of the board of Runnin’ for Research, a nonprofit organization that helps interested patients and doctors set up races in their areas to raise research funding for headache disorders. He’s also a regular participant in the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy’s “Headache on the Hill” event and is co-secretary of the American Headache and Migraine Association. You can follow Dr. Watson on Twitter.
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate in the field of Migraine and other headache disorders, and has been writing for the HealthCentral Migraine site since 2007. She is a co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association. She received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award for “ongoing patient education, support, and advocacy” in 2004 and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society in 2013. You can find links to Teri’s work on her website and blog and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.
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