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To find out whether or not any one of these triggers are responsible, a migraine sufferer must keep a close record of everything that he or she consumes for a month or two. Only then will a pattern emerge, showing some relationship between migraine attacks and a particular food.

A more general cause of migraine is stress. When this is the cause, the attack usually occurs when the individual is relaxing - often at the weekend, for example. When an attack occurs, the pain and extreme discomfort can often be relieved to a degree by the use of ordinary painkillers such as aspirin or paracetamol. If these don't work, then it's probably best to get a doctor's prescription for one of the more powerful products available.

It isn't always easy to deal with the pain and discomfort efficiently and I strongly recommend that any sufferer try to identify a cause. If the cause is a particular food, then the obvious answer is to cut it out of the diet - for a year or two at least. If stress is the cause, then the answer is either to cut back on stress-producing activities, or to learn how to relax more efficiently. Preventing migraines takes some effort, but the effort is usually worthwhile.

Teacher: Michael
Many articles taken from 'A word with the doctor', by Dr. John Windsor.


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