Migraine Triggers: Perfume OK, Incense ??

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   Posted 4/10/2016 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello! I've been experiencing migraines with aura for a few years now ever since I was about eleven or twelve. I haven't had a major episode (knock on figurative wood) since I was fifteen (I'm nearly nineteen now), which makes me believe my main trigger was probably hormone related since, as a female, most of my migraines occurred around either before, during, or after my period. Once I started taking norethindrone a short time after my last episode for painful cramps I was also experiencing, my migraines basically disappeared. I still get the occasional headache, but since then I haven't had the aura and awful pain.

So after that extremely long introduction, I have a question to ask. I'd like to start burning incense every now and then, but have heard it can be a trigger for migraines. I'm terrified of getting one again, so I figured I'd post to a forum & see what advice people had to offer before trying it out myself. I'm completely fine with perfumes & in fact love wearing fragrant lotions & the like, so I seem to be okay there, but I still want to be sure. If I'm okay with perfume, will I be okay with incense? Thanks in advance & have a swell day! ^-^

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   Posted 4/11/2016 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Like everything, it is trial and error for all. What triggers one person, does not trigger another.

Sorry, but there is no tried and true answer.

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   Posted 4/11/2016 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, sry, you're just gonna have to try it to find out. Personally, incense sticks will give me a bad migraine about 80% of the time. I too, am pretty good with scents and fragrances, I actually find it's the smoke combined with the scent that'll trigger the migraine. If you've ever gotten migraines around campfires, bbq's, etc, I'd be careful.
Good luck w/ it.

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   Posted 4/11/2016 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies so far! I just might have to try it for myself & see what happens. I think I'm good around campfires & fireplaces, but I didn't even think about the smoke thing before, and honestly I haven't been around campfires long enough to determine that.
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