Migraine Term of the Day - Orbit

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Orbit is an anatomical term that sometimes applies to migraine symptoms and an important term for migraineurs to understand.

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: Orbiefinition:

Orbit: the bony pyramid-shaped cavity of the skull that contains and protects the eye.

Used in a Sentence:A primary anatomical purpose of the orbit is to protect the eye.


Pain in the orbital area is common in both migraine and cluster headaches. In migraine, the proximity of the orbit to the trigeminal nerve makes pain in that area logical. The trigeminal nerve becomes inflamed during a migraine attack, and branches of it run both above and below the orbit.

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