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whentaniatalks: Migraines - Causes & Triggers

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Migraines - Causes & Triggers

Hi Everyone!

So this post is going to focus on the causes and triggers of migraines. Let me begin by defining these two terms. Causes refers to the physical process that takes place in the body. Triggers meanwhile, referes to influences outside of the body that can result in (or cause) a migraine.

Lets begin with the causes of migraines. It is strongly believed that changes in the chemical serotonin (or 5HT) in the bloodstream may be to blame for producing migraines. When this happens, the neurotransmitters and blood vessels in the brain change and begin to mis-fire. Unfortunately, the reason for the change in serotonin levels is not yet certain.

Migraine triggers vary from person to person. Most migraineurs will not have a single trigger and will be able to cope with individual triggers in isolation. However, they will reach a point when their triggers have overloaded their brain, causing a migraine. 

As I am writing this, a black spot is appearing over the screen - indicating that a migraine attack is imminent, and making it difficult to continue this post!

There are a number of triggers. Migraineurs may be affected by any number of these, with varying severity. These triggers include, but are not limited to:

Emotional stress
Changes in sleep pattern
Tension in neck and/or shoulder(s)
Lack of food
Alcohol (especially red wine)
Food (chocolate, cheese, caffein)
Bright light
Flickering or flashing light
Certain smells (especially potent ones)
Loud noise
Certain sounds (usually high pitches)
HRT and the contraception pill
Eye strain
High blood pressure
Viral infection

This list is by no means comprehensive. Additional triggers can be found at www.migraine.org.uk.

Tania Xx



At 17 August 2014 at 13:47 , Anonymous Sarah said...

I definitely have several triggers with my migraines- too many Haribo sweets (not sure of it's the sugar or another ingredient), too much time in front of a computer screen, stress & lack of sleep. Thankfully chocolate has never really been a trigger! :D

At 18 August 2014 at 22:27 , Anonymous Tania Jayne said...

Glad you've found your triggers lovely - it makes all the difference if you know what to avoid or minimise. Xx


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