Why You Don’t Need to Avoid Migraine Triggers

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2013

Whatever type of headache you may be suffering from, we all know it is advisable not to expose yourself to triggers that can cause and worsen your pain. However, a recent study suggests that avoiding your triggers may not be that necessary as they are not as influential as we thought.

The research, led by Dr. Anders Hougaard from the Danish Headache Center in Copenhagen, involved observing 27 individuals who have migraine with aura. Each participant of the experiment reported experiencing migraine onsets normally after an exposure to either bright lights or strenuous exercises, or both. Bright lights and strenuous activities are common migraine triggers. To understand further which of these triggers could be causing migraine onsets the most, Dr. Hougaard and his team exposed all participants to an hour worth of strenuous exercise and a 40-minute encounter with bright and flickering lights.

Results of the study showed that only 11% or three out of 27 participants suffered from migraine with aura and another 11% had migraine without aura after the experiment. This led Dr. Hougaard to conclude that if a migraine (with or without aura) patient is exposed to these triggers for three months, it is safe to claim that the individual won’t have to worry about triggers in the future as prolonged exposure to these won’t result to migraine attacks.

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