National Migraine Awareness Month Giveaway from Excedrin (ends 6/30/13)



Earlier this month I posted about how this is National Migraine Awareness Month. I tried to make a joke about how my husband, a migraine sufferer, is more than well aware of his migraines. In fact he had one the night before last. That one was triggered by our teenage daughter (aka – STRESS!).

In that post I wrote about some of the common migraine triggers;

Hydration  – Dehydration can lead to migraines.   Drinking plenty of water can help prevent this, and also helps rid your body of  chemicals and toxins. When you are enjoying all the great activities and events  during the hot summer months make sure to keep your body well hydrated.

Diet – Certain chemicals in food and beverages can cause  migraines. Eating more fresh and fewer processed foods can also help rid your  body of toxins or chemicals that could be causing your headaches.

Weather Changes – Changes in weather or barometric pressure  can trigger migraines.

Menstrual Cycle – Women with a history of migraines often  report headaches immediately before or during their periods, when they have a  drop in estrogen.

There are plenty of other triggers too like teenagers – I mean stress :-), scents (my husband’s migraines can sometimes be triggered by scents), and a combination of things.

Last year when I met Dr. Keri Peterson, an Internist, at an Excedrin event we learned that she also suffers from migraines. She told us that she can eat shrimp and drink wine with no problem, but when she eats shrimp and drinks wine at the same time it often causes a migraine. There is something in that combination that triggers her migraines.

Last year I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Keri Peterson, an Internist. She is  also a migraine sufferer. She told us that she can eat shrimp with no problem,  and drink wine with no problem. However when she shrimp and drinks wine at  the same time it usually triggers a migraine.


If you suffer from migraines it’s important that you know what your triggers are so that you can avoid them. That is why I am grateful for the My Migraine app from Excedrin. My husband has been using it since last year to keep track of his migraines and their possible triggers to see if he can pin point specific things that cause him to have migraines. Using the app he realized that deli meats sometimes trigger migraines, more so things like pepperoni and salami, but roasted turkey or roast beef.

If you would like to read my post from earlier in the month you can find it here,

June is National Migraine Awareness Month – What Triggers YOUR Migraines?

To help you (or a loved one) to track their migraines and triggers download the FREE My Migraine app. It’s available on iTunes or you can search for it from the Apple apps store.

For more information about migraines visit MigraineResource.com. You can also check out Excedrin’s Facebook page and follow Excedrin on  Twitter  (@Excedrin).

Some triggers can also include lack of sleep and not keeping your body properly hydrated. That is why Excedrin would like to provide a lucky reader with a few products to help them get a decent rest, especially when traveling (which a lot of people do over the summer) and a way to make sure they always have water on hand to keep hydrated.

Excedrin Prize

The lucky winner will receive the following prize package;

  • Aero Snooze: Three-piece set includes TSA-compliant carrying pouch with soft nylon eye mask and foam earplugs to help travelers drift off to sleep.
  • Memory Foam Travel Neck Pillow: This u-shaped travel pillow is made of memory foam to provide support that correctly aligns your neck and spine, while supporting your head in sumptuously soft comfort.
  • Tritan From Eastman Water Bottle W/ Straw: This 25 oz. bottle is made of durable Tritan material, BPA free and meets FDA requirements. This bottle is impact and shatter resistant and does not retain odor and/or taste.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on June 30, 2013. The winner will be chosen by random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about one of your (or a loved ones) migraine triggers.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirements or the additional entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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I am a paid Excedrin ® Migraine blog ambassador, however all the opinions  expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. My migraines are trigger from severe chronic neck pain and stress.
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  2. Tyneisha Fondren says:

    I tend to get a trigger when from certain odors.

  3. tabitha p. says:

    if i don’t have caffeine I can get a migraine.

  4. Cynthia R says:

    stress, not enough sleep

  5. My mom gets triggered by stress and sunlight!

  6. Mine is stress

  7. Maureen says:

    Weather, Stress hormones. lately seems to be most anything.

  8. June S. says:

    My oldest son told me that years ago the bright sunshine on the snow triggered one of his. he said it lasted for hours.

  9. Katie K says:

    Weather really seeems to bring mine on

  10. Dave Wells says:


  11. Michelle H. says:

    Allergies is one trigger.

  12. Lots of stress is a trigger

  13. Ashley Tucker says:

    Stress triggers migraines for me

  14. If I get over tired it will trigger a migrane
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  15. bright sunlight

  16. Amy Honious says:

    mine always seems to come from weather changes. i have had terrible headaches since i was about 8 yrs old. 2 of my sons (23 & 21) both get them too. this is such a nice giveaway! thanks so much and happy summer 🙂

  17. The smell of bell peppers or eating bell peppers gives me a migraine also some colognes and perfumes do as well.
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  18. Kelly R. says:

    Stress and certain smells.

  19. Rachel Miller says:

    Mine seem to be mostly from stress.

  20. Kimberly Schotz says:

    Stress is my trigger

  21. Jennifer B says:

    stress and lack of sleep are triggers

  22. Natalie F says:

    Wine and dairy are my triggers. Lack of caffeine.

  23. Rae Nelson says:

    Air freshener and perfume (certain ones) trigger mine

  24. The sunlight triggers migraine.

  25. Kristen Morris says:

    Too much cheese

  26. Gary Dickler says:

    Weather changes affect me.

  27. April Brenay says:

    stress is my trigger, and when my kids start screaming. the youngest can shatter glass it feels like someitmes

  28. My sister’s is barking. She owns a dog and works at a vet clinic. I think she could use this. It’s her’s if I win:)

  29. Stress and lights.

  30. sharlene caisse says:

    stress is a good one

  31. Serenap95 says:

    I have a tendency to get stress migraines

  32. Julie G says:

    Too much chocolate

  33. jose benavides says:

    weather change and cats trigger my headaches and more than anything stress

  34. Weather is my biggest migraine trigger

  35. Mine is stress with hunger.

  36. Belinda Parker says:

    I suffer with migraine at least once a week. Mostly from stress I think.

  37. My trigger is perfume or cologne

  38. Sandy Cain says:

    God forgive me, my migraine triggers ARE my loved ones!

  39. my granddaughter has had migraines since she was in preschool but it is mystery why she gets them but has also has lost most her sight in the last eight years and is only 26

  40. I did a food diary back in 2006 and found my trigger is root beer. Too bad, I loved root beer!

  41. Anastasia says:

    I’m partially blind and sensitive to bright light, so doing schoolwork, being out in the heat and the sun or just trying to read a book without magnifying aides would always trigger a migraine.

  42. alicia wallace says:

    definitely dehydration

  43. I get them sometimes after my sciatica pains start and also when I get really stressed out emotionally

  44. Maggie Smith says:

    Stress, definitely!

  45. Austin Baroudi says:

    Too much coffee, stress, and lack of sleep!

  46. Stress is the number one trigger followed by hot weather.

  47. Debra Hall says:

    my son gets them and we are still trying to out what the triggers are

  48. Lack of caffeine triggers my migraines.

  49. stress

  50. Stress sucks and anything can help

  51. Flashing lights always trigger a migraine for me

  52. tracy p. says:

    Loud rooms, crazy ppl, and me not eating right are all triggers.

  53. deana c says:

    My migraine trigger is hormones

  54. stress and overwork often triggers migranes

  55. Aspartame is always a trigger for me.

  56. Fluorescent lights always trigger mine.

  57. Stephanie Larison says:

    I’ve been having migraines since I was a kid, they’re horrible. Stress and certain foods like chocolates cause mine.

  58. Robin Wilson says:

    I get ocular as well as just plain migraines. Had one a few days ago and i swear I am just now feeling like myself. I have no idea what triggers them.

  59. Robin Wilson says:
  60. My mother has suffered from migraines her entire life. It is painful for me to watch her go through the process of getting over a migraine…I can only imagine what she is going through. Her triggers are usually stress, and lack of sleep.

  61. tin cruz says:

    Lack of sleep triggers a migraine for me

  62. Robin Wilson says:
  63. Ava Chavez says:

    Perfumes are the worst…can’t even walk by the counters in dept. Stores.

  64. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    Lack of sleep!

  65. Christine says:

    Stress triggers migraines for me.
    Thanks for the chance!

  66. Monique Rizzo says:

    Pie baking gives me a migraine.
    Thanks for the chance.

  67. Robin Wilson says:
  68. too little sleep

  69. Stephanie Grant says:

    Coffee and stress seem to trigger mine 🙁

  70. Denise m says:

    strong fragrance, splenda, and strobe lights

  71. Denise S says:

    One of mine is hormones.

  72. Robin Wilson says:
  73. neck/back pain. Massages help

  74. Christine says:

    by stress

  75. Gennie Lancaster says:

    Stress in my migraine trigger.

  76. Bright lights seem to trigger a friend’s migraines.
    Thanks for the contest.

  77. Michelle says:


  78. Stress and sometimes food can trigger migranes for me.
    Thanks for the chance.

  79. Emily Hipsher says:

    Strong odors, loud noise and stress are some of my triggers.

  80. Robin Wilson says:
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  82. weather

  83. crystal smith says:

    I had never had trouble with migraines until I tried a new scent in my wax burner (grapefruit)…took me a few days to figure out that the blinding headaches only came about an hr or so after flipping the warmer on. Its so strange how our bodies can react to things so strongly! I was lucky mine was an easy fix- just a new scent in the warmer from now on lol 🙂

  84. Robin Wilson says:
  85. my aunt millie gets bad miranes. im not sure what causes them tho

  86. Nicole C. says:

    Stress is a trigger for me!

  87. Vera P. says:

    Lack of caffeine and loud piercing noises.

  88. dani marie says:

    mine is jasmine absolute.

  89. Robin Wilson says:
  90. kelly mcgrew says:

    stress for sure.

  91. bryan clark says:

    i need this

  92. Holly Kennedy says:

    My period.

  93. Breanne says:

    Bright lights

  94. tina reynolds says:

    Stress is a huge trigger for me

  95. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    My biggest trigger is the weather. Storms, especially, can trigger them so quickly.

  96. Robin Wilson says:
  97. too much tea
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  98. Leah Shumack says:

    not getting enough sleep is a huge one for me

  99. Melissa Snyder says:

    The weather is my trigger if its going to storm I know because my head starts hurting.

  100. Stress

  101. Oliver Wilson says:

    My 28 year-old daughter suffers from migraines.

  102. The change of weather can trigger them for my son

  103. Shea Balentine says:

    Mine is not the proper amount of rest or not eating properly… also, if my hair gets too long, it’ll start causing them due to the stress on my neck

  104. krystal wethington says:

    Everything triggers mine.Ive had them for years.Light really makes them worse sometimes.

  105. Miz Vickik says:

    Leaf blower noise! =(

  106. Karrie Millheim says:

    Lots of stress..gets me everytime

  107. Mihaela D. says:

    chocolate and stress are my major triggers for migraines 🙂

  108. melina r says:

    stress causes migraines for my mom’s friend

  109. Melanie Montgomery says:

    The rain, I get a migraine when it rains.

  110. Dehydration and heat!
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  111. Virginia Rowell says:

    I get migranes from the heat because I work outside all day.

  112. Barbara Stenby says:

    Pollen & rain

  113. Patricia says:

    morning sunlight, pressure changes, hormonal changes, peanuts… these are a few of my migraine-inducing things. : (

  114. Rainy weather is one of my triggers.

  115. amy deeter says:

    definatly stress

  116. Robin Wilson says:
  117. Jennifer H. says:

    disruption in my sleep schedule always triggers migraines

  118. Michelle Tucker says:

    Usually stress and heat will trigger mine.

  119. Christian Alejandro says:

    Bright lights and stress at work sometimes.

  120. Loud noises and bright lights.