What are the Causes of Migraine?
The exact cause of most migraines isn’t completely known. Generally, you can be predisposed to having them, and an environmental trigger can cause a migraine to develop.
Factors you can't control
Several elements can make you more likely to have migraines. There’s no guarantee that you will, but these factors can set the stage for having a migraine.
If your parents or other close relatives have migraines chances are good that you will too.
- Changes in brain chemistry
If you’re going to experience migraines during your lifetime, chances are that you might have your first severe headache during adolescence.
If you’re already predisposed to getting migraines, there are many different triggers that can cause you to actually get them. Although you can’t do anything about the risk factors listed above, you can take steps to learn about and control your triggers.
Keeping a diary of your symptoms with details about what’s going on in your life on that particular day can be a helpful tool toward determining your particular triggers.
Common triggers include the following:
Processed foods and aged cheeses cause problems for some people. Monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is frequently used as a flavor enhancer, can also be a trigger.
- Poor posture
Poor posture can cause your neck and shoulders to become tense which can lead to a migraine.
- Sensory stimuli
- Medical conditions
Sometimes you won’t be able to determine a specific cause of your migraines, but with careful observation you can often learn – and control – what sometimes triggers them.