Top 75 Migraine and Headache Questions, #7

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  • Full Question:
    Hello! My daughter suffers from occasional migraines. It starts out seeing flashes of lights. They also cause her to throw up and then within an hour or two she is fine. We don't know what is causing this. Can you please advise which kind of migraine this might be and the cause of it. Thank you for your time.


    Answer:

    Hello;


    What specific diagnosis has your daughter's doctor given her? It's really impossible to give a diagnosis via the Internet. That needs to be accomplished by reviewing her family and personal medical history and conducting a physical examination.


    As for the cause, it's difficult to know just what you're asking. The cause of Migraine disease is genetic. It's a true neurological disease.  Migraineurs have overactive neurons in our brains that fire in a wave across the brain when we encounter a Trigger. That wave creates a chain reaction of dilated blood vessels in the brain, inflamed tissue around those blood vessels, changing levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine, and other events. If, however, you're asking what triggers your daughter's Migraine attacks, we have no way of knowing. That varies from one Migraineur to the next. Possible triggers include some foods, weather changes, fluorescent lighting, bright sunlight, perfumes, hormonal changes, crying, and other things. The best way to determine what her triggers are is to keep a Migraine diary.

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    Hopefully, this information will get you started, but you need to talk to her doctor to get a specific diagnosis and perhaps help with identifying her triggers.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: April 10, 2007