Suffering From Migraine? You’re Not Alone.

What Is Migraine?

A migraine is more than just a bad headache. It’s an extremely debilitating condition that can keep you from performing daily tasks.2 A migraine usually includes a severe, recurring, intense throbbing pain on one side or both sides of the head, and attacks can last between 4 and 72 hours.

In order to be diagnosed with a migraine, a patient must experience one of the associated symptoms of migraine. These include nausea, sensitivity to light (photophobia), and sensitivity to sound (phonophobia).1

Demystifying Migraine

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Know Your Triggers Before a Migraine Hits

Since the exact cause of migraine is not fully understood, the best way to avoid a migraine is to know what triggers them. Although migraine triggers vary from person to person, common triggers include3:

Environmental and physical stressors3:

  • Stress and anxiety from work
  • Hormone changes during the menstrual cycle
  • Skipping meals or fasting
  • Weather changes, specifically humidity, temperature, and air pressure
  • Lack of or too much sleep
  • Bright lights, loud noises, or strong odors

Certain foods and beverages containing3:

  • Tyramine (a natural substance in aged cheeses, soy, fava beans, hard sausages, smoked fish)
  • MSG (a flavor enhancer often in fast foods, broths, seasonings, and spices)
  • Nitrates (hot dogs, lunch meats)
  • Alcohol or caffeine
  • Aspartame

Identify and keep track of your migraine triggers.



1. Migraine fact sheet. Migraine Research Foundation website. Accessed March 15, 2016. 2. About migraine. American Migraine Foundation website. Accessed March 15, 2016. 3. US Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health. Migraine: Frequently asked questions. Office on Women’s Health website. Updated May 2008. Accessed March 15, 2016.