To date, there has been little research into why particular people suffer from migraine attacks. What is certain is that hereditary factors play a role and that the brain responds with extreme sensitivity to internal and external stimuli in particular situations:

  • Psychological strain (stress, excitement)
  • Sleep and changes in the sleep-wake rhythm
  • Weather influences (föhn winds, heat)
  • Hormones
  • Physical strain
  • Extreme sensory stimuli
  • Psychological strain
  • Particular foods (cheese, herbs and spices, citrus fruit)
  • Hunger due to skipped meals
  • Certain consumables like coffee, alcohol, nicotine

It varies from patient to patient as to which trigger can cause a migraine in what situation.

No migraine patient is helpless against this constantly recurring ailment. Acute migraine attacks can be effectively treated these days. But you can also try to prevent an attack in advance. The ideal way is to identify your personal migraine triggers and avoid them. Although this can sometimes be a lengthy process, it pays off in many cases. Once you have found the triggers, these can be avoided, if possible. For instance it is comparatively easy to do without alcohol. The situation becomes difficult if stress or changes in weather come into play.

Meanwhile there are many active ingredients that can be used in the treatment of acute migraine attacks. The treatment concepts are as individual as the patients’ experience of their migraine attacks. Many patients find the right medication quickly, whereas others only find it after many detours. A large number of migraine attacks can be treated with non-prescription painkillers available from your pharmacy. Medications are recommended that have stood the test of migraine therapy and are gentle on the stomach.

Of equal importance for both men and women are triggers that stem from their lifestyle or the environment. These include

  • Alcohol (crucial is the type and amount)
  • Changes in the sleep-wake rhythm (particularly at the weekend or on holidays)
  • Psychological strain (stress, excitement)
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Sensory overload through light, noise or smells
  • Weather influences (föhn winds, heat)
  • Skipping meals (strong hunger)
  • Particular foods (cheese, spices, citrus fruit)

It varies from patient to patient as to which trigger can cause a migraine in what situation. Often the simultaneous occurrence of different internal and/or external factors is necessary to trigger a migraine attack.

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