As Curelator Headache tracks the factors and symptoms for individuals’ headache and migraine, one thing is becoming clear: individuals are not great at determining their own triggers.
Curelator Headache is a digital tool that guides individuals to identify personal triggers, discover personal protectors (factors associated with decreasing an individual’s chance of an attack), and dismiss factors not associated with attacks. The results of an initial study released by Curelator Headache and the National Headache Foundation in December 2015 showed that some frequently cited triggers, such as chocolate and red wine, may be just as responsible for protecting against attacks as contributing to them.
According to an article written by Curelator Headache CEO Alec Milan, PhD and Paul R. Martin, OAM, a professor at the School of Applied Psychology & Menzies Health Institute, Queensland Mt. Gravatt at Griffith University in Australia, the average accuracy was surprisingly low when comparing the data of the individuals in this study who believed they could identify their triggers before using Curelator Headache to those trigger associations found after using Curelator Headache. , On average, participants correctly determined less than 20% of their triggers. When comparing projected and actual triggers, some triggers, such as stress and sleep quality, were more accurately identified. The accuracy of others, especially dietary factors, fared poorly according to Curelator Headache.
In a follow-up article, Curelator Headache looked at six potential reasons individuals have a hard time determining triggers:
- Faulty memories
- Distinguishing between headaches and a true migraine attack
- Complexity and dose of exposure
- Distinguishing between warning signs (premonitory symptoms) and true migraine triggers
- Combination effects
- Misleading associations
For more information about Curelator Headache and this study, visit www.curelator.com.