The exact causes of migraine headaches are unknown, although they are related to changes in the brain as well as to genetic causes. Scientists believed that migraines were linked to expanding and constricting blood vessels on the brain's surface; however, it is now believed that migraines are caused by inherited abnormalities in certain areas of the brain. There is a migraine "pain center" or generator in the brain. A migraine begins when hyperactive nerve cells send out impulses to the blood vessels causing them to constrict followed by dilation and the release of inflammatory substances that cause painful pulsations.
Migraines can be triggered by many factors such as: musculoskeletal
neck conditions / injuries, emotional stress, sensitivity to specific
chemicals or preservatives in foods, caffeine, changing weather
conditions, menstrual periods, skipping meals and changes in sleep
patterns. Migraines have a strong hereditary tendency. Four out of
five migraine sufferers have a family history. If one parent has a
history of migraines, the child has a 50% chance of developing migraines
and if both parents have migraines, the risk increases to 75%.
The symptoms of migraine headaches can occur in various combinations
and include: a pounding or throbbing headache that often begins as a
dull ache and develops into a throbbing pain. The pain is usually
aggravated with physical activity. The pain can shift from one side of
the head to the other, or it can affect the front of the head or feel
like it's affecting the whole head. Symptoms may also include
sensitivity to light, noise and odors, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset,
abdominal pain, loss of appetite, paleness, fatigue, dizziness or
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