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"What can make migraine headaches happen less often?"
I get migraines from time to time but lately they seem to happening closer together. Is there anything that can make migraine headaches less frequent?
Migraine headaches can be quite debilitating when they occur so it makes sense to do everything in your power to decrease their frequency. Migraines are triggered by different things in different people so it can be very helpful to keep a headache diary to make note of what you ate, drank, how much you slept, caffeine intake, etc that could have triggered your migraine. Foods that are high in tyramine, a substance that forms from the breakdown of protein, are common triggers of migraine. Tyramine rich foods include aged cheeses (such as parmesan, feta and gorgonzola), processed meats, onions, pickles, olives, and avocados. Red wine is also high in tyramine so avoid this as well. Excessive alcohol in general is also a very common trigger or migraines so it is best to avoid all alcohol. Other things that can ward off migraines include drinking plenty of water, going to bed and waking up at the same time every day while getting at least 8 hours of sleep, and taking measures to decrease stress. It is very important to see your primary care doctor or neurologist to discuss your increase in migraine frequency as sometimes preventative medications are needed.
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