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Migraine triggers may not cause severe headaches

Up to 95 percent of migraine headache sufferers can identify at least one activity that will leave them pillaging the medicine cabinet for a pain reliever, according to one report. But new research suggests that self-reported triggers for migraine with aura — visual disturbances that accompany the severe headaches — may not be as strong as previously thought.The study from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark is the first to assess whether or not self-reported  migraine triggers actually cause migraine attacks.The researchers recruited 27  migraine-with-aura  sufferers who said that their migraines were caused by two commonly reported triggers — bright or flickering light, strenuous exercise or both. The 17 women and 10 men ranged in age from 20 to 69 years old and suffered an average of 12 migraine attacks per year.To provoke a migraine, the researchers exposed people to their self-reported triggers. Those whose migraines were usually triggered by exercise either went for an  inten...

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