Coffee Might Be the Cause of Your Migraines

September 25, 2019

(WWJ) - Many of us start our day with coffee. But you might want to reconsider if you suffer from migraine headaches.

A recent study of nearly 100 migraine sufferers found that a cup or two of coffee each day didn't cause a problem. But when that is increased to three or more servings a day, there is an increased risk of suffering a migraine headache.

Dr. Eemad Estemalik, a headache specialist at Cleveland Clinic, says it really comes down to the amount of caffeine a person consumes.

"Too much caffeine can actually trigger migraines, and we usually advise patients to stay at a lower amount," Estemalik said.

Other factors that can trigger a migraine for some people include changes in the weather, fatigue, dehydration and stress. 

To limit migraines, Estemalik suggests identifying personal triggers.

"It’s important for every person to know their unique triggers," he said. "For some, it is coffee, for others, it's food, for others it's the weather."

If you suffer from migraines, take note of how much coffee you drink daily to determine if caffeine could be a trigger.