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    The air you inhale and light around you can represent an environmental migraine trigger. In fact, there are many things that can bring on an episode.  Identifying your migraine triggers can go a long way in managing the frequency of your migraines.   Here are some of the more common environmental migraine triggers. 


    By:  Jason Gruss, MD, FAAPM&R


    Although the exact cause of migraines is not known, many patients can identify environmental triggers that bring on a migraine attack.  Patients can manage their migraines and potentially prevent episodes by understanding how their environment is a potential migraine trigger.  Many migraine sufferers identify environmental migraine triggers that bring on throbbing head pain that can last for days.


    Here are some of the most common environmental migraine triggers:


    • Bright sunlight
    • Flickering lights or screens
    • Air quality, stuffy rooms
    • Strong smells and odors
    • Cigarette smoke
    • Barometric pressure change


    These are just some of the most common environmental migraine triggers.  But there are lots of other triggers that patients link to migraines. For instance, certain foods, stress, and sleep disturbances are often cited as triggers. Here’s a list of other triggers that have been known to cause migraines.


    It is also important to note that not every headache is linked to a trigger.  However, if you think there are specific triggers to your headaches, I suggest you keep a headache diary that will help you identify triggers specific to your headaches.  In summary, by identifying your unique triggers, you will better be able to prevent their onset.


    Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove and Des Plaines.  First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers:  Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.


    Jason Gruss, MD, FAAPM&R, is the director of First Health Associates Physical Medicine Department.

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