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what is the cause of migraine?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
What we know: Migraine is inherited due to family genetics. We also are aware that sufferers are sensitive to external and internal triggers which set off glutamate receptors in the brain. The process results in electrical/chemical reactions in brainstem and ultimately parts of brain with release of a series of chemicals that cause pain and to a lesser extent blood vessel changes.
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Response to stress: Migraine is the way the body reacts to a stress state. It is a familial trait that is very common. Often triggered by the onset of puberty or by head injury or allergic reactions. Hormone sensitive in women, occasion triggers include certain foods and wine. Life long risk but manageable.
Dr. Brett Noorda
Dentistry 25 years experience
Not really: What creates a migraine is still not understood, although evidence is pointing to altered blood flow in the brain as the probable culprit. What causes this altered blood flow is even less understood, as many forms of migraine exist, and many many triggers for migraines have been noted. Each person has a different set of triggers and symptoms. This is what makes migraines so difficult to treat.

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What causes migraines?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Blood flow changes?: The actual cause of migraine headaches is not known. The vascular theory says that changes in the size of blood vessels leading to the brain causes changes in blood flow, with increased flow causing pain. The neurovascular theory says changes in brain signals and brain activity cause blood vessels to change sizes, resulting in pain from increases in blood flow. Additional theories also exist.
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Can pills cause migraines?

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Dr. Byron Law-Yone
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Yes: Many psychotropic medications can cause a migraine headache.
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What cause migraines?

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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management 48 years experience
Many Factors : Heredity is a big one. Being female is another. Certain foods that are fermented such as wine, pickled foods, chocolate and caffeine can trigger migraine. Even weather changes can trigger. In women, hormonal changes during the normal menstrual cycle or menopause can trigger. Neck injuries also can trigger. Basically any change in your environment even getting too little or too much sleep , also.L.
A 39-year-old male asked:

What causes migraine headaches?

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Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 29 years experience
Great question : We dont know. There are genetic and environmental factor that make them more likely but we don't full understand the cause.
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What causes of Migraine ?

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Dr. Raynald Im
Urgent Care 11 years experience
Migraine causes: The exact cause of migraines are not known but the research suggest that migraines are caused by hyperactive nerve cells that cause that cause blood vessels to constrict and expand. This in turn causes release of inflammatory chemicals and the pain. Now there are several triggers that can cause migraines to occur. You should find out the triggers and discuss it with your doctor.

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