Migraine Headaches Support Group

Migraine is a neurological disease, of which the most common symptom is an intense and disabling episodic headache. Migraine headaches are usually characterized by severe pain on one or both sides of the head and are often accompanied by photophobia (hypersensitivity to light), phonophobia (hypersensitivity to sound) and nausea.

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Candles a trigger?

I am just curious because that last two Sundays I have had bad headaches. It just occurred to me that I lit this new candle both days. It may just be a coincidence, but I am trying to stay on top of this situation.

My head hurts so much that I posted this in the wrong community first...geez

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I've found that different scents can trigger my headaches. I had one this morning. Tried darvocet first. After a couple hours of suffering i took an imitrex. I hate to take them because they are so expensive. They do work. Anyway... Pine scented candles can trigger one for me if it's too strong. I also used to work with lavender and had to be careful to wear a mask.
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Well it was a balsam fir Christmas candle. I diffused it and left the house for awhile, but the headache stayed with me. Imitrex has not worked for me at all.
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With candles - it can be the scent, or it can be direct flickering light focused on your eye. (Same thing with ceiling fans going over regular lights, that pulse does something..)

And it wouldn't go away just because the scent is gone, because once you are triggered - the migraine has already spread across your brain. Once you are feeling pain, you are already in the full on throes of a migraine.

That is if it is a migraine. You know your body, though.
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Scents can trigger migraines. I have also heard that vanilla candles were bad for astma(sp) sufferers. Vanilla candles coates the walls, curtains etc.. I don't know why or how. My daughters exboyfriend has astma really bad and he couldn't step a foot in the house if a vanilla candle had even been lit a day before.
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sure i can just like perfumes or soaps it can trigger them because of the chemicals i hate going into the mall where perfume sedtions are because it can just about kill me also the metal used in most candles puts off a toxic oder into the air they use them in the wicks unless you find the bees wax ones without metal in the wicks
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I have to agree with the majority here. Scents trigger mine too. There's no going down the scented candle aisle for me. It may not be all candles. It could just be strong scents like that one. Hope this helps. (BTW, Imitrex never worked for me either...)
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Scented candles trigger for me too. Doesn't seem to be particular ones. Also, ficus trees. Imitrex worked for a while but quit. Now I use Zomig and have better results. Though I had to switch to the tables you swallow instead of the ones that disengrate in the mouth (the flavor/smell was making me gag).