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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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What causes migraine?

Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
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What causes migraine?

Migraine cause: Over the years, many theories on the pathophysiology of migraine have been postulated but the exact cause of migraine is still controversial. Migraine pathogenesis involves an interrelationship between neuronal and vascular components. ...Read more

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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They ...Read more


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What causes migraines?

What causes migraines?

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 more

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What causes migraines?

What causes migraines?

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 more

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What causes headaches?

What causes headaches?

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 more

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What causes headaches?

What causes headaches?

Family practice : Migraine, stress/ tension, sinus pressure, changes in vision, vasculitis, high blood pressure, cerebral aneurysm , and possibly a tumor mass. Persistent ha's should be evaluated. ...Read more

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What causes headaches?

What causes headaches?

Many things: See a physician for a differential diagnosis. Could be anything from high blood pressure to sleep disorders. Best to find the source for treatment. ...Read more

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What causes headaches?

What causes headaches?

Many Causes: There are many causes of headaches ranging from contraction of muscles to migraine or vascular headaches. ...Read more

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What causes migranes?

What causes migranes?

Migraines are caused: by neurogenic inflammation in the trigeminal-innervated pial arterioles due to a genetic brainstem abnormality. That should clue you in that your question can't be simply answered in 400 characters. Look at the website of the American Headache Society. ...Read more

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What causes migraine headaches?

What causes migraine headaches?

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 more

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What causes migraine headaches?

What causes migraine headaches?

Numerous causes: There are several causes for migraine headaches. See PCP. IF HE CANNOT find the cause then we look at environmental hormonal and nutritional deficiencies. Visit us at www.ehacstl.com to learn how we treat the underlying causes ...Read more

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What causes chronic migrains?

What causes chronic migrains?

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 more

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What causes migran headaches?

What causes migran headaches?

One more trigger: Hormonal changes in your cycle can also trigger migraines in women. ...Read more

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What cause migraines?

What cause migraines?

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 more

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What causes cluster headaches?

What causes cluster headaches?

Unknown: No one really knows the cause but it is much more common in men where most heaches have a female proponderance the typical patient is a tall thin man who smokes! ...Read more

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What causes cluster headaches?

What causes cluster headaches?

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 more

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What causes optic migrains?

What causes optic migrains?

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 more

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Headaches, what causes them?

Headaches, what causes them?

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

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What causes headaches everyday?

What causes headaches everyday?

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 more

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What causes occipital headache?

What causes occipital headache?

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