Determine Your Triggers
In addition to the specific tests mentioned here one of the most effective ways to determine your specific triggers is to keep a detailed daily journal. This doesn’t have to take you hours and hours to prepare, but it should include several important items, including:
- Foods eaten (amounts generally aren’t necessary, but listing all ingredients may be)
- Weather conditions (especially prior to a migraine)
- Medication taken (when and how much)
- If you have a headache, list other possible triggers that occurred prior to the beginning of the migraine (e.g., physical location, activity level, travel, sleep, etc.)
- Symptoms, including a description and location of the pain and the treatment or therapies used and their effectiveness
If a daily journal doesn’t work for you, at least keep a journal on the days you have a migraine – some information is better than no information and it may just pinpoint your triggers so you can avoid or minimize them in the future!