Could capers be a severe Migraine trigger?

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I have suffered from migraines my whole life. I have not been very good at keeping a food diary, but recently I'm trying. I've discovered the last three times I've had capers over the last several months, I woke up with a severe migraine accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea. Could capers really be a trigger that severe? Could it be a food allergy? Erin.

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Dear Erin;

Yes, it's entirely possible that capers could be a strong Migraine trigger for you. Whether it's a food allergy is an entirely separate issue. You needn't be allergic to a food for it to be a trigger. Conversely, you can be allergic to foods without them being Migraine triggers.

You can find more information about food triggers, instructions for investigating them, and a downloadable workbook in Managing Migraine - Migraine Trigger Foods.

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John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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