Low levels of serotonin is linked to migraines and depression. There's defiantly a link between migraines ,and the levels of serotonin in the body. Serotonin (5-ht1-5-hydroxytryptamine) has been studied intensively, and is thought to play a vital role involved in migraines. Serotonin is a important neurotransmitter.
It's important in the maintenance of extra cranial vasoconstriction. (You know that the dilating, and constriction of the blood vessels starts the process of a migraine?)
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (aren't we complicated)?, and passes signals from one part of the brain to the other part. Bet one will never hear a doctor say anything about serotonin, although some drugs are supposed to raise the levels in migraine sufferers, and a good headache specialist knows this.
Serotonin is made in the brain, and that's where its main function is, but surprisingly ninety percent of serotonin is found in the stomach, and blood platelets.
Serotonin is made by a biochemical process (a step of blocks)that only qualified experts would come close to understanding.
Changes in the serotonin levels in the brain can also alter a persons mood. Many people, including my wife are given antidepressants to help their serotonin migraine.
I asked a nurse one time when she said that my wife's headache doctor thought she was depressed, how many people that have migraines at one point wouldn't be depressed. So my question to her was, do migraines cause depression or does depression lead to migraines? She didn't know the answer. If one was depressed before their migraines, maybe their levels of serotonin were to low.
It's believed to influence many body functions. Most brain cells are influenced either directly or indirectly by serotonin. This includes brain cells that are related to mood, appetite, sleep, memory, and learning, and some social behavior. Serotonin also plays a key role in many more functions of the body.
One would think that having low levels of serotonin in the body that could give you a serotonin migraine, the solution to that is take more serotonin. Not so.
This can be a life threatening condition, and be brought on by taking illegal drugs, antidepressants such as SSRIs, and a few others.
If a doctor switches drugs that raise the serotonin levels pay attention, and when it says to wait two weeks between taking one, and taking another, do that.
Regular exercise, walking while the sun is out, relaxation, and just enjoy ones self, and a pet will also help. All of this stimulates serotonin production, and also natural pain killers, called endorphins.
Thanks for reading.
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