I was a child when I started experiencing migraines. I remember the auras as if they were shards of light coming from street lamps and stretching right across the night sky. While beautiful, they were the precursor to a horrible headache that would banish me to a dark room in search of relief. What causes migraines is still up for debate, but the triggers can be different for anyone who suffers from them. So, I asked 12 people to reveal the weird things that trigger their migraines. To no surprise, the results show just how different and varied everyone's experience can be.
Now that I'm an adult I've managed to control my symptoms, so I (thankfully) only suffer a migraine attack a few times every year. My own triggers include reading when in motion, like in a car or on a bus, not getting enough sleep, or being thirsty. Now that I know what can bring on a migraine, I'm diligent to avoid those triggers so I can sidestep the entire painful, often debilitating ordeal.
If you suffer from migraine headaches, it makes sense to keep a diary of your symptoms so you can attempt to correctly identify your personal triggers. After all, if you can pinpoint the foods, sights, and smells that precede an attack, you're one step closer to minimizing the frequency and severity of your migraines. With that in mind, here are some of the more bizarre triggers that give the following people those horrible things called migraines: