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.

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Do you think I should get an MRI or cat scan imaging to see what is causing my migraine headaches?

See below. See your doctor first to confirm the diagnosis of migraine. He may treat you first with medications. If headache persists, MRI scan of head is the preferred imaging study to r/o CNS lesions. Ct scan is better if your facial pain is from sinusitis. Read more...
Absolutely. Also consult with a neurologist and neuromuscular dentist. Read more...
Not necessarily. Approximately, 98% of brain imaging in migraine shows no structural risk factors causing the headaches, and in most cases, it is a waste of money and resources. If you have some clinical finding on a neurological exam suggesting intracranial problems, then the films are appropriate. Would see a neurologist and get this managed. Should turn out very well. Read more...
Depends. I would consult with your dr. And consider a second opinion. But ct scans and MRI definitely help in determining or narrowing down the potential causes. It may tell the dr. That other options are needed to be explored- tmj/tmd, etc. Read more...
MRI. Hi, If the diagnosis headaches thought to be migraines, then further imaging is often not necessary. However, if the migraine is atypical and there is concern for other etiologies (causes) of HA or head pain, then I would recommend MRI over CT. Good luck. Read more...

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.

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. Read more...

What causes migraine type headache with neck pain and nausea?

Cervicogenic. A cergicogenic headache is caused by painful spams in the posterior neck muscles pulling on the back of the skull. Because the muscles on the skull are all attached to the same membrane, tension on one part of this membrane sets up a chain rxn that can cause other muscles to spasm, resulting in severe headache pain and neck pain, which, if severe enough, can cause nausea. Read more...
Vague. Certainly need a lot more info. Could be due to trauma/whiplash injuries, tmj/tmd, posture, heredity, etc. Duration, intensity, location. Keep a pain diary if you can and document your headaches see a doctor. Read more...
Convergence. Because the nerves in the neck connect with the nerves in the head at the base of the brain, painful information can be sent to the neck when the head hurts. This is known as pain referral. This does not mean there is a probllem in the neck. This is also why the sinuses often hurt with migraine headaches. It is not a sinus problem, just excited nerves from the headache. Read more...

What causes the vision distortions with migraine headaches?

Brain changes. Visual illusions have been a topic for many decades. Oliver sacks has written a great deal about them, most recently in his book hallucination. Brain changes occur during migraine that cause the illusions. Lewis carroll had migraines that caused effects he described in his stories to alice. We now call them alice in wonderland effects in migraine. Exact cause is still uncertain. Read more...
Migraine and vision. The visual disturbances are inherent to certain migraine types due to the electrical changes and impulses that occur in the brain as part of the headache complex. You should see a doctor who specializes in headache (neurologist). The neurologist can perform a wide array of tests including blood-work, imaging tests, and perform a work-up to rule out the cause of the headaches. Read more...
Electrical discharge. The visual changes often occur as a central arc of shimmering colored light that gradually expands and then dissipates. This phenomenon suggests that a pulsating front of neural discharge marches through the brain. Read more...
Spreading depression. We believe that migraine proceeds from the back of brain forwards with a neuronal inhibition starting over the occipital lobe, and mediated by changes in the brain stem, especially locus ceruleus. The visual process is not retinal, but brain mediated, and the term is called "spreading depression of leao". Read more...

What would be the most common causes and best remedies for migraine headaches?

Who knows. That's the billion dollar question--whoever comes up with a universal answer will be a billionaire. Unfortunately, causes and types of migraine are so varied there is no simple, common treatment that works for everyone (or for even a majority). You need to discover what causes your migraines and eliminate those causes from your life if possible to even begin to figure out the answer for you. Read more...
Migrane? Is a complex condition, and the best way to treat is prevention and there are medication for that now. Read more...
Consider Surgery. Surgery for migraines is very promising. I perform 1-2 per week and have had incredible results. Patients frequency and duration of migraines are significantly diminished. I perform minimally invasive outpatient surgery. Many patients are able to stop prescription medications. Patients need to know their are other options other than taking prescription medications that are very effective. Read more...

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

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. Read more...

Can astigmatism cause migraine headaches?

Not Typically. Headaches can be associated with astigmatism. Migraines are not commonly associated with astigmatism. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
Depends on person. While red wine is a more common migraine trigger than white (possibly due to the Amino Acid tyramine), there is significant person-to-person variability. Keeping track of your personal triggers is the best approach overall. Read more...
Red wine. People who have migraines have different triggers. One common trigger for migraine headaches is red wine; although their are many people who are predisposed to migraine headaches for whom red wine is not a trigger. Each migraine sufferer must learn their own triggers. For more information, see: http://understandingmigraine.blogspot.com/ Read more...