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what are the causes of migraine headaches? i have 2/week and want to see what i can do to proactively address it besides sumatriptan after i get one.

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Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 34 years experience
Migraines: Migraines are believed to be caused by inborn abnormalities of the brainstem that cause a process of cerebral neuronal spreading depression that begins in the occipital lobe leading to neurogenic inflammation of meningeal arteries, which is painful. My general rule is that when headaches occur more than 1-2 days per week I add preventative meds to the abortive meds.

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Is it safe to take medications for migraine during pregnancy?

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Can I take Excedrin for a migraine or should I try something with no acetomenophine?

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A 25-year-old female asked:

S why do I get migraines only on one side of my head on that side I see black k spots on vision. And I can't see light or hear any thing. Cause it hur?

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Dr. Annette Fineberg
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
See your doctor: If this has been going on a long time, it is likely migraines but if it is relatively new, see your doctor to make sure it is not something more dangerous. Also, he or she may be able to help you either prevent these episodes, make them less frequent, or at least treat them so they resolve sooner.

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