Health Tips with Riffat Sadiq, MD.
More than 26 million Americans suffer from migraines, a debilitating condition that often involves throbbing pain on one side of the head, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound.
For each individual, migraine triggers can vary. Dietary factors that may trigger a migraine include red wine or other alcohol, chocolate, dairy products, or foods containing additives such as nitrites, MSG, or aspartame. Lifestyle triggers may include weather changes, high altitudes, bright lighting, loud noises, or strong odors. Hormones seem to play a factor in migraines as well - three times as many women as men suffer from migraines. Pregnancy, the use of birth control pills, or menopause can increase or decrease the frequency of migraines. Stress can also trigger a migraine. Migraines can be a debilitating interruption in the lives of those who suffer from them. If you are experiencing the symptoms mentioned, talk to your doctor about avoidance measures and ways to control pain.