When we're looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.
Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.
Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.
Today's term: Pathophysiology .
Pathophysiology is functional changes associated with or resulting from disease or injury and the study of those changes.
When related to Migraine attacks, the pathophysiology of a Migraine attack would mean the changes in how the bra...
We live in inflammatory times. When you inflame a situation, you provoke, you incite, and you rabble rouse. The outcome of this seditious onslaught? Irritation, swelling, redness, i.e. inflammation. Inflammation is derived from the Latin word inflammatio , to set on fire whether burning old ideologies about Wall Street, Race, Energy, International Relations or even medical dogma.
Thus, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of great moment. In the world of inflammation research, so much great work has emerged based on MS clinical and laboratory models, that it is hard to deny top drawer status for this classical immune disorder of the nervous system. By extension, we have recently learned that inflammation in the brain may trigger Alzheimer Disease and inflamed gums can lead to Stroke. Of course, we have known for decades the Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus- SLE) involves inflammation throughout the body, at times inflaming the brain.
MS is first an inflammatory disorde...
An Italian study has shown that people who have both Migraines and hypertension have a higher probability of cerebrovascular events than patients with hypertension alone.
In a session on Migraine and hypertension at the European Society of Hypertension European Meeting on Hypertension in Milan, Dr. Enrico Agabiti-Resei stated:
"The prevalence of hypertension and migraine comorbidity is clinically rare, but doctors should pay attention when they see this, because it might help identify patients at risk of an event. Migraine might be considered as a factor to be included in the score for risk of stroke." 1
In an interview, he commented,
"When a young person has hypertension it's important, particularly if it's a woman, to look for the possible presence of migraine. Once comorbidity is found, it's very important to make an appropriate screening of cardiovascular risk factors, because what a doctor can do is try to reduce as much as possible these risk factors that are correctab...
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