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: Cerebrospinal Fluid (abbreviated CSF).
Cerebrospinal Fluid: a serum-like fluid that circulates through the ventricles of the brain, the cavity of the spinal cord, and the subarachnoid space. It acts somewhat like a shock absorber for protection. CSF contains proteins and other important chemicals, known as biomarkers, that may indicate the existence of a disease process, such as meningitis.
Cerebrospinal fluid pressure can impact Migraines and headaches. Most commonly, we see** CSF** pressure discussed in relation to pseudotumor cerebri, aka idiopathic intractranial hypertension (IIH).
You can read more about CSF, and IIH in:
For more terms, see our Migraine and Headache Glossary.
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate in the area of migraine and other headache disorders, and has been writing for the HealthCentral migraine site since 2007. She is a co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association. She received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award for “ongoing patient education, support, and advocacy,” in 2004 and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society in 2013. You can find links to Teri’s work on her web site and blog and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.
© Teri Robert, 2010
Last updated May 9, 2010
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.