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What Causes Migrains
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CAUSE and TRIGGERS: Migraines may be caused by changes in the brain/ trigeminal nerve=pain pathway. Serotonin (a brain chemical) imbalance may also play a role as serotonin levels drop during attacks. Many known triggers are noted: alcohol, cheeses, chocolate, msg, salty foods, 'diet sodas', 'skipping meals', 'lack of sleep', pms-homones, stress, strong odors, bright lights, physical exertion... Just to name a few. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: If due to brain tumor or hydrocephalus, cause is increased intracranial pressure. If due to migraine or medication reactions, this is likely affecting brain glutamate which triggers hypersensitivity to stimuli and a headache. Stress may cause a tension headache, but jaw problems may also trigger. Some foods, like nitrites, msg, red wines, pickled herring can trigger migraine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Triggers: Migraine is a hereditary condition where the victim is highly sensitive to any event that affects the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamine. Triggers include jaw and dental problems, neck/disc issues, thoracic outlet, head injury, barometric pressure change, various foods or additives, bright sunshine, perfumes, alternating bright colors, lack of sleep, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exact cause unknown: In some cases, there is a strong genetic component, but this is not consistent. Histamine is thought to play a role; injection of histamine provokes attacks in 69% of patients. Stress, allergens, seasonal changes, or nitroglycerin may trigger attacks. Risk factors include: male sex, cigarette smoking, and previous head trauma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Two conditions: can be referred to as Optic or Ophthalmic migraine. The first is migraine with visual aura (zig zag lines, flashing lights, shimmering distortions of vision) this involves both eyes & is generated in the part of the brain that processes vision. It is common and relatively benign and self limiting. Transitory loss of vision in one eye is another matter which obviates an urgent visit with an eye MD ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Term paper question?: Until a couple of centuries ago, people thought that evil humors in the head caused headaches & trepanation (drilling holes in the sufferer's head) was the cure. Moral: "Ancient wisdom" is a false concept. NEVER trust "ancient wisdom" or practices. They're bogus. Check out the website of the American Headache Society for more information on headaches than you ever thought existed. ...Read more
Tesnion headaches?: There are many causes of headache, the cause can be different depending on the age and duration of headache. If the headache is present every day, you need to see your doctor. Sometimes the problem could be simple like defective visual acuity, while at other times, there could be serious problems. Tension headaches are common in those with stress, while migraine headaches run in the family. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several reasons: There are several reasons behind the occurrence of head pains ranging from genetics, muscle contractions, stress, sleep disorders, teeth grinding, trauma, and different medical illness. Occipital headache is a term used to describe headaches which start (or are referred from) in the occiput (base of the head) area. ...Read more
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