Migraine and the Environment

@article{Friedman2009MigraineAT,
  title={Migraine and the Environment},
  author={Deborah I Friedman and Timothy De Ver Dye},
  journal={Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain},
  year={2009},
  volume={49}
}
Migraineurs often describe environmental triggers of their headaches, such as barometric pressure change, bright sunlight, flickering lights, air quality, and odors. Environmental aspects of indoor space and workplaces are also implicated in migraine experience. Comprehensive migraine treatment programs emphasize awareness and avoidance of trigger factors as part of the therapeutic regimen. As migraine has a substantial economic impact, remediation of correctable environmental triggers may… 

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