A recent research studying patients suffering migraine with aura, found that only 1 in 10 actually reacted to the usual triggers.
This means that triggers for migraines may not be as powerful as thought to be and many patients may just be giving too much importance to triggers in causing headaches.
The study concentrated on patients affected by migraine with aura. Auras associated with migraine include visual disturbances such as flashing lights or wavy lines.
During the study, 27 people who experienced migraines with aura were monitored. The study participants experienced migraines which were caused by intense exercise, flickering light, or both.
The study participants were exposed to these triggers for 30 to 40 minutes to check if they caused migraine. The patients were then monitored for three hours after the exercise or light exposure session.
The study found that only one out of 10 actually experienced migraine.
"Our study suggests that if a person is exposed to a suspected trigger for three months and does not have a migraine attack, they no longer have to worry about avoiding that trigger," researchers said.
"This study helps us further understand the impact of migraine triggers but also allows us to appreciate just how complicated the relationship between migraine triggers and migraine attacks may be."