Monday, June 29, 2009

Time to Quit: Smoking May Trigger Migraine Attacks


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According to the Journal of Headache and Pain, a small study of medical students in Spain shows that smoking more than 5 cigarettes a day may be a migraine trigger.

Migraine frequency among students who were migraineurs and smokers was higher than among students who were migraineurs, but non-smokers. The researchers found that the migraineurs in the group were more likely to be smokers.

Quitting smoking can be extremely difficult, but for migraineurs this is yet another reason to make the change. I quit smoking cold turkey the summer after I graduated from college. It was hard and I miss it sometimes, but it was probably the best thing I've ever done for my health and the planet. I think I deserve major kudos because I started law school that fall and stuck to my commitment. It was hard!

Sources:
Smoking as a Precipitating Factor for Migraine: A Survey in Medical Students
Smoking More Than 5 Cigarettes a Day Provokes Migraine Attacks

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