Migraines: The How and Why?

Are you one of the 300 million people that suffer from intense, throbbing headaches? Do they make you nauseated, sick, or sensitive to light? Unfortunately, migraines cannot be cured with painkillers or a few deep breaths. If you or someone you know suffers from migraines, here’s more information about what causes them, what research is being done to understand them, and how to treat them.

What Causes Migraines?

Migraines can be triggered by various factors including stress, hormones, light, and allergies. Their exact cause is not completely understood by doctors, but factors like genetics are taken into consideration by researchers. Imbalances in brain chemicals and changes in the brainstem are concluded to have an impact on those who get migraines on a regular basis.

Family history and age are just two factors that make someone prone to having migraines. Women are more likely to be affected by migraines than men are, even from a young age. Women are also more likely to suffer from migraines when experiencing hormonal changes like pregnancy and menopause.

A Migraine Study

MRI’s are being used to better understand migraines and what causes them. Dr. Filippi and his colleagues believe that migraines occur because of problems with the brain that develop over time. They used MRIs to measure the cortical regions (outer regions) of the brain, and most with migraines show atrophy related to pain processing. This is most likely due to chronic stimulation of the area.

The MRIs checked for thickness and surface abnormalities. They found that individuals with intrinsic predisposition can alter the surface area, and disease-related processes, or over-stimulation, could lead to changes in thickness.

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Treat Migraines

Excedrin migraine is a common drug used to ease the symptoms.  Those who suffer from chronic migraines sometimes find that Excedrin only temporarily eases symptoms. For those sensitive to caffeine, Excedrin may not be the cure for you because it contains caffeine.  Caffeine has been shown to reduce the symptoms of migraines, but it also has been linked to the cause of these headaches.

Sumatripan has been another effective drug to help ease migraine discomfort and even stop these headaches in their path. While this drug is loved by many people who suffer from migraines, Sumatripan can come with a set off serious side effects and can make migraines worst in some cases.

Natural remedies for migraines include peppermint essential oil, taking a cold shower, and even simply hydrating. Yoga, meditation, and chiropractic care are also known to help relieve the symptoms of migraines.

Consult your doctor about what treatment can be used to most effectively treat your migraine symptoms.

To see if you are at risk for migraines, or to cure the headaches you currently have, call Rosetta Radiology at 212-744-5538 or visit our website for more information.

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