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Old 10-31-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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Just wondering if those seasonal pinecones are a migraine trigger for enyone else here? More and more stores are carrrying them and putting them out earlier and earlier every year.....

I'm not sure why they are such a strong trigger for me though.... I know that cinnamon is a strong trigger for some but I seem to be able to eat things with cinnamon in them with no ill effects....

When they first strted getting popular, I was able to avoid them - there might be a bin at the craft store or maybe in the produce section of the supermarket.. But yesterday , I went to our local joanns and they had them at nearly every end cap - so I can't go back there til the new year. And now our grocery has them at every enterance and in several places throughout the store...
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:03 AM
 
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Don't trigger for me but I find the smell overwhelmingly nauseating! I feel for you as I was in Joanne's this weekend and couldn't wait to get out.
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:06 AM
 
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Yep craft stores are a trigger and yes can set off a migraine . I suffer from them terribly . I really try to avoid craft stores if I can .
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:58 AM
 
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I don't understand why stores are so keen on them - I don't think I've really met anyone who liked them or can ever remember seeing anyone buying a bag. Im sure that they are wicked cheap to make, but they can't have much of a profit margin can they?

Do retailers think that they put people in the Christmas (spending) mood?

They don't even really smell much like cinnamon or baked goods to me, just a sickening chemically smell.

I wonder if anyone ever complains to the stores that have them at every single entry.

I was down for a day and half last week with a bad migraine (the really fun kind with vomiting) after standing next to thema couple mins using the Blockbuster machine to return some movies.... I had to call my husband and ask him to come home from work (we've got a toddler) - something I never do. So not nly was I sick, he blew a day of vacation
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Old 10-31-2011, 07:22 PM
 
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They don't cause a headache, but they make my allergies go crazy.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:45 PM
 
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hate them and yes they cause myself and several others I know to get migraines. Ditto for perfumes,colognes,some candle scents...........
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:24 AM
 
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hate them and yes they cause myself and several others I know to get migraines. Ditto for perfumes,colognes,some candle scents...........
How long have these things been around? My first exposure was when I came home for a visit while living in Japan. My sister had them in a basket in the powder room - so really overpowering. At the time, I kinda assumed it was jetlag.

So do you just avoid shopping where you know they'll be ? It just seems like they're everywhere now..
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:56 AM
 
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Last year I spent 2 hours in the enclosed entryway of a grocery store, between the 2 sets of doors, collecting for our animal shelter. In this entryway was a stand full of these scented pine cones. If it had been a few degrees warmer, I would have moved outside. It was really overpowering. It was interesting to hear the peoples' reactions as they walked through, ranging from "Ooooh!" to "Eeeeew!"
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:02 AM
 
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I'm not a fan of any kind of potpourri, air freshener( other than a clean linen or ocean breeze scent) incense or scented candles. Those pine cones do reek. I hate craft stores due to the smell of the various scents.
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:03 AM
 
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Yeah, I wonder if they were triggering a migraine or a sinus headache. Scents and perfumes really make my sinuses go haywire.
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