What Causes Migraines? What Makes The Head Hurt

What causes migraines is when something activates the nerve pathways and chemicals in the brain and surrounding tissues.

These changes affect blood flow in the brain. That gives you migraine symptoms, and you have to seek migraine treatment.

Migraines are a neurological syndrome characterized by altered bodily perceptions. Once the ball starts rolling it gets worse, and worse.

For many years headaches were believed to be a psychological manifestation of neuroticism. It reflected a weakness in the individual. Isn't that a bunch of bull?

Now we know that when the blood vessels dilate, and expand, this sets off a chain reaction, and that's what causes migraines.

One things for sure, and I bet you agree, these migraines vary in their degree of pain and disability.

One size doesn't fit all when it comes to what causes migraines.

If one has triggers, and not a medical problem, when many factors come together in a particular person, that may trigger their migraine attack.

A migraine headache is a form of headache which is typically considered the most intense, and disabling.

Migraines are chronic in nature, meaning that they happen often for the individual that is affected. Typically Migraines are one sided in their pain.

You either have migraines or you don't.

You can't give me a migraine (don't hold it against me), but you could say boo to my wife and she will get a migraine. She says you have to have a brain to hurt, "maybe so"

What causes migraines?

One is doing something that triggers their migraines, or not doing something, such as being deficient on magnesium, which one could do something about these, or one could have a medical condition that will have to be addressed by a physician.

Some of the medical causes of migraines are high blood pressure, diabetes, anemia, hiv, infection, and chronic renal failure.

These can give one headaches.

Also, a person could have headaches after heart surgery or lung surgery, misalignment of the jaw, (wife has this,TMJ) the bone going into the skull, grinding of the teeth, and also sinus infections.

Also the facet joints, and the disc in ones neck can give migraines.

With over three hundred different things that can give a headache, you can see how hard, (but you know this) it is to sometimes track down what is giving you headaches.

Above was the causes of migraines, below are the triggers of migraines.

We have the migraine food triggers page you can look at.

Migraine attacks could be triggered by such things as , alcohol, allergic reactions, bright lights, and even certain odors or perfumes.

Also, for women, changes in hormone levels (which can occur during a woman's menstrual cycle or with the use of birth control pills).

Changes in sleep patterns, exercise, loud noises, missed meals, and physical or emotional stress.

Certain foods, and preservatives in foods may trigger migraines in some people.

Food related triggers may include.

Any processed, fermented, pickled, or marinated foods. Baked goods, chocolate, dairy products, foods containing monosodium glutamate(MSG). Foods containing tyramine, which includes red wine, aged cheese, smoked fish, chicken livers, figs, and certain beans.

Fruits, avocado, banana, and citrus fruit.

Meats containing nitrates such as bacon, hot dogs, salami, and cured meats.

Nuts, onions, and peanut butter.

All of the above can cause migraines in some people.

Migraines are complicated to say the least for some migraine sufferers.

Our last page was about the cause of migraine, and our next page is about a small percent of migraineurs that have a deficiency of magnesium, and have magnesium migraine

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