What are the causes of migraine?
Please help. Need to know what are the causes of migraine? Is there other way to cure this? kahleen.
Entire books have been written on this topic. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease. The causes are genetics and overactive neurons in the brain that respond to physiological triggers that start a Migraine attack. That starts a cascade of events that include changing levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine, dilation of blood vessels, and inflammation of the tissues and nerves surrounding the blood vessels.
No, there no cure yet, but there are effective treatments.
In case you meant to ask about triggers rather than "causes," there are many things that can trigger a Migraine. Some of them are...
- Certain foods. See Managing Migraine - Migraine Trigger Foods for more on this.
- Sleep issues -- too much, too little, disrupted, or poor quality sleep.
- Fluorescent or flashing lights.
- Dehydration. See Dehydration - An Avoidable Migraine Trigger.
- Barometric pressure changes.
- Hormonal fluctuations.
- Strong odors -- perfume, cleaning products, paint, etc.
What triggers a Migraine varies from person to person. Each Migraineur must identify their own triggers. Do you keep a Migraine diary? If not, start one. It will help you and your doctor spot patterns and identify your triggers. See Your Migraine and Headache Diary for more information and to download a diary workbook.
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Published On: August 16, 2008