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At Advanced Radiology, we get a lot of questions about migraines. What causes them? Why do migraine triggers affect people so differently? One question we hear particularly frequently: Are migraines hereditary?

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People who experience migraine headaches with aura may face a 25 percent greater risk of stroke, according to a new study performed by the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

Double the Pain

The study, published in the journal Brain, focused on twins and their rate of migraine headaches with aura and strokes.

Migraines affect 39 million American adults and children, and 25 percent of people with migraines experience aura along with their pain.

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At Advanced Radiology, we know that migraine triggers can vary from person to person. Stress, fluorescent lighting, certain smells and changes in the weather can all trigger the onset of head pain. But what about cheese?

Can Cheese Cause Migraines?

Yes. Some types of cheese can cause migraines in some people. The cheeses linked to migraines are certain aged or fermented varieties high in tyramine. Tyramine is a protein byproduct and contributes to migraines because it causes narrowing of the blood vessels. When blood vessels narrow, blood pressure increases and causes headaches and migraines. 

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American and Dutch scientists have found that stripes trigger migraines in some patients. The study is the first of its kind to link a pattern to the condition.

And it's not just stripes on clothing that can cause migraine symptoms, according to the study - stripes on animals like the zebra, stripes in art or architecture, and even bar codes were also proven to cause head pain for some study participants. Other individuals experienced migraines triggered by the seemingly innocuous striped patterns of awnings, lawn chairs and radiators.

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Here’s a fact that may surprise you: People who suffer from migraines sneeze more than people who don’t suffer from migraines. It’s true. It happens because migraine sufferers experience higher rates of rhinitis than people without migraines. Dr. Budler often talks to patients with migraines who report the symptoms of rhinitis along with migraine pain.

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