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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.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Chronic head tilt: Cause is a chronically tilted head, causing superior trapezium leading edge girth inequality; thinnest trapezius on head-tilt side!, and other side (head support side) develops spasm, isometric strengthening, greater leading edge girth, and pain generating trigger points.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Ocular migraines!: Ocular migraines are a form of migraines that take place in the occipital cortex (part of the brain that interprets/controls vision). They lack the severe headache as common migraines. The symptoms are usually all or mostly visual and are typically described as flashing of light or ziz-zag lights in the vision. They usually last less than 30 minutes and affect the vision out of both eyes.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What causes sudden severe headaches? Are they considered migraines?

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Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Pain Management 31 years experience
Maybe: There are many, many causes of sudden severe headaches from simple dehyrdation or lack of adequate food intake to life threatening vascular events (brain bleeds). Migraines are a specific type of headaches which have a specific pattern and diagnostic criteria. If headaches persist they require speciatly consultation evaluation.
Dr. James Marx
Dr. James Marx commented
Pain Management 48 years experience
I wouldn't wait to get evaluated given your history of onset of symptoms.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Migraine headaches. What kinds of wine cause them, and which ones don't?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
Any kind: Red wines are not an infrequent cause but it is very personal and there is no general rule about any of the numerous trigger factors in migraine.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the causes and treatments of migraine headaches?

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Dr. Randolph Evans
Neurology 43 years experience
Many things: The cause is not known. Triggers are present in 85% such as stress and lack of sleep. For acute attacks, ibuprofen, naproxen, and Excedrin will relieve many attacks. If not, your doctor can prescribe a triptan medication which may be more effective. If your headaches are frequent, you may benefit from a daily preventive medication (beta blockers, antidepressants, topiramate, and divalproex sodium).
A female asked:

Can certain drugs trigger migraine headaches? Is it possible for some drugs or medications to be the cause of migraine headaches?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Yes, potentially: If one looks in pdr, one would think that all drugs could cause headaches, but some are more often the culprits. Watch out for female hormonal agents, medicines used for blood pressure control, items to control thyroid fnctn, some ms and anti-epileptic drugs, just to name a few.
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A 26-year-old female asked:

I get headaches more than 2x a week, when I get a migraine and it hurts to the point I get sick. What can cause this?

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Dr. Cynthia Archer
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Migraine symptoms: The medical definition of migraine is a headache that occurs periodically lasting 4-72 hours and that is associated with at least 2 of the following features, one side of the head is worse, pulsating quality, moderate to severe 5-10/10 pain, nausea and/or vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound, movement, and aggravated by even simple activity. Vomiting is common. Migraine is treatable. See Dr ASAP.
Dr. Cynthia Archer
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Provided original answer
I recommend seeing a neurologist who is a headache fellowship trained or migraine expert. there are many ways to relieve your pain rapidly and prevent migraines. they are more common in women during childbearing years and there are a few less common variants that would require specific treatment and monitoring. i hope you feel better very soon.
Jul 30, 2014

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