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All my family has Migraines. Hereditary? Triggers?

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Almost all members of my family has this severe headache called migraine. Is this hereditary? It is really terrible headache that almost of the members of the family suffered at one time or another. Are there foods that trigger migraine? Is excessive mental exercise or fatigue cause the attack. Is Tylenol safe to take?
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replied August 31st, 2014
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

If many family members suffer from headaches then it could be due to migraine, poor eye sight, seasonal allergies, high blood pressure or due to stress. All these conditions can be hereditary or tend to run in families.

It is important to get this investigated. Yes, Tylenol is safe, but it is never advisable to self-medicate. Please consult your doctor to first find the cause.

If it is migraine then yes, there will be triggers such as certain food items or noise or light etc. Hope this helps. Take care!

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