Migraine Symptoms and Treatment

While researchers tell us there is much yet to learn this article will reveal a method for severe migraine relief after discussing other information on this condition. Let’s begin with a review of some of the most important principles.

Diseases Of The Nervous System

Migraine is a medical condition affecting the nervous system. It was believed in the past changes in blood vessels in the brain caused migraine headaches. However, it has become clear the cause(s) are much more complicated. What happens in the brain with migraine sufferers is that their nervous system is hypersensitive or too jumpy. Basically the underlying problem is the brain is having an exaggerated response to small or normal stimulation. Those responses or triggers may be the result of something the sufferer consumed, excess stress, a lack of sleep or even a change in the weather.

Just how hypersensitive the nervous system is and what triggers it varies considerably from person to person. Migraine is to be considered a spectrum with symptoms ranging from mild and occasional to totally debilitating and on a daily occurrence. Research has determined genetics plays a part in the severity of migraine attacks.

How The Nervous System Works

A nerve consists of a bundle of similar neurons. Each individual neuron has a cell body with long extensions. When stimulating specialized sensors an electrical message is sent on its way to the brain. This message or signal is actually charged sodium ions flowing into the cell through ion channels. Potassium follows, through separate ion channels, out of the cell that generates the signal.

At this point an electrical wave quickly moves toward the brain and at some point each neuron reaches its limit as the signal transfers to the next set of neurons. Chemicals identified as neurotransmitters are released as calcium channels open. These neurotransmitters flow into the synapses where receptors on the adjacent neurons must detect the neurotransmitters and regenerate the electrical message.

This complex process can fail to execute properly resulting in mistakes, genetic defects. There are known genetic defects of ion channels in families who suffer from migraine.

Is Migraine Genetic

One of the known genetic defects causing migraine is where the cell produces a defective protein that in turn allows too much of the electrically charged calcium into the neuron. In this case the neuron would keep releasing neurotransmitters and the next cell would generate an exaggerated response causing the neuron to overreact.

Further research has revealed how genetic mistakes affect neurotransmitters as to the way they are made, released and inactivated. So with people individually inheriting a different mixture of genetic errors/defects an explanation as to the broad spectrum of migraine symptoms can be offered. This could explain how, between individuals, migraine might affect a lot of different parts of the nervous system and not just the pain pathways.

Migraine Symptoms and Treatment

What Causes Intense Migraine Headache

At this point it is considered that the brain stem or periphery is triggered setting off an abnormal electrical event called a cortical spreading depression (CSD)… a wave of electrical activity that sweeps slowly across the surface of the cortex. The first usual symptoms when experiencing a CSD are flashing lights and/or unusual smells followed by an intense headache. Secondary inflammation is caused by the subsequent release of neurotransmitters and other molecules, referred to as electrical depolarization.

The sufferer will experience such things as foggy thinking, nausea, light sensitivity and fatigue lasting up to several hours. The mechanisms causing these experiences are still to be defined.

It appears the chemical reactions of a CSD adversely affect the dura, one of the three membranes (meninges) covering the brain and the spinal cord, where blood vessels dilate and contract. Trigeminal nerve fibers send signals back to the brain stem while mast cells release their potent inflammatory chemicals.

Even though CSDs cannot explain the many symptoms of migraine attacks it is viewed as a very likely important event in generating the most familiar, brief intense experiences of migraine sufferers.

Chronic Migraine and Central Sensitization

When the nervous system goes through a process called wind-up and gets regulated in a persistent state of high reactivity central sensitization is occurring. This is a condition of the nervous system that is associated with the development and maintenance of chronic pain.

Scarring within the brain of migraine sufferers has been clinically observed and considered to be an associated complication from the repeated inflammation caused by CSDs or other migraine events. Diminished cognitive functions, tinnitus, increased sensitivity to touch or light, daily headaches, tinnitus are also among the frequent and disruptive symptoms brought on by the damage caused to the nervous system.

Central Sensitization provides a partial explanation as to why migraine sufferers have different symptoms at different stages in their lives. Research data indicates a higher rates of stroke in migraine sufferers due to the damage to blood vessels from inflammation. As well, head trauma to the hypersensitive central nervous system may make migraine sufferers more vulnerable to chronic headache syndromes.

Brain Stem and Migraine

The brain stem is the crossroads of the majority of our brain circuitry and may be the core of migraine. Electrical activity out of norm for one set of neurons may affect the behavior of adjacent ones and may be an additional factor to migraine.

Nuclei, clusters of cell bodies, host the vast volumes of information that control many body functions…. stress, mood, sleep, the autonomic system… to name a few.

When electrical messages arrive in one nucleus they may be redirected to other parts of the brain stem such as the trigeminal nucleus, the control center for headache pain.

Symptoms generated from the nasal and sinus region lead many people to mistake their chronic migraine symptoms for a recurring infection. In fact one form of chronic migraine is where the trigeminal nucleus generates signals that the brain interprets as abnormal pressure or pain from within the para nasal, sinuses, teeth or eyes. A migraine sufferer not only feels sinus pressure but also experiences nasal congestion and the runny nose.

Effects From Female Hormones

Female Hormones effect migraine. It is held that sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone have a profound effect on the nervous system. The rise and fall of these hormones over a lifetime give explanation as to the dramatic change of symptoms in women suffering with migraine.

Estradiol (estrogen) plays a complicated role in the nervous system as well as sensitizes the body to pain. Medical science has determined sex hormones play a critical role in migraine disorders, however there is much to learn as to how!

Treatments Migraine Headaches

The several biological mechanisms that describe how migraine disorders occur explain why there are different strategies for treating migraine. We’ll conclude this article by offering one effective, natural approach to migraine relief – The Headache & Migraine Relief hypnosis session. It’s a self-guided audio that will help you to manage and overcome your aching head in a matter of minutes! Best of all it is extremely affordable (less than $25 and a 100% money back guarantee), plus you can use it regularly in the convenience of your own home or anywhere you choose. Simply download the Headache & Migraine Relief hypnosis session, put on your headphones and listen to:

  • Easily manage headaches and migraines
  • Enjoy a healthy lifestyle free of head pain
  • Avoid the stress that kick-starts your symptoms

Self-hypnosis induces a state of extreme relaxation and increased suggestibility to treat a host of mental and physical conditions. Highly targeted, guided sessions can dramatically increase your level of success in the area you want to treat. The Hypnosis Tools found here at youcanmasteranything.com are not shallow fixes but rather effective techniques produced by professionals, backed by modern psychology and scientific research.

Hypnosis is a medically recognized technique and has been acknowledged as a valid medical therapy since the 1950’s. A broad spectrum of health care professionals are trained in the use of hypnotherapy; psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health counselors, doctors, nurses, psychotherapists, dentists, chiropractors. Professional recordings are being used by individuals allowing them to remain in the comfort and convenience of their own home while undergoing “treatment”. Click the image below and get instant access to your Headache & Migraine Relief hypnosis session…

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  • Dr. Baker

    Wow! What fabulous information on migraine headaches. I really did not realize that there was a genetic component to this condition. In addition, the relationship with migraines to estradiol was surprising as well. So… when a female goes through menopause and sex hormones are decreased, do we tend to see a reduction in migraine episodes of one that suffered from them throughout their pre-menopausal state?

    • Myles

      Good question. I found this information on menopause.org – “Every woman is different so menopause can affect your migraines in a number of ways. Menopause may make migraines less severe if they were linked to the hormonal fluctuations of your menstrual cycle. Or migraines may start for the first time, or worsen, around perimenopause because of new hormonal fluctuations. Hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms may also be linked to migraines at this time. The good news is that hormonal migraines usually stop after menopause, when hormone levels are consistently low.”

  • Shelley

    Probably the most intensive and detailed information I have ever read about migraine and the effect, how it is formed and the various causes of it. The symptoms you have talked about up here are really straight up on sot because I do suffer from migraine too and all these do pop up. But then, I do not know about all the issues concerning women hormones and menopause having direct effect on menopause. Wow! That is great to know of. I’m surely bookmarking this post. Thanks

    • Myles

      Thank you Shelley. It’s good to hear you have found this information to be useful. All the best in ridding yourself of migraines!

  • Chloe

    Migraine is indeed a serious thing which shouldn’t be taken with soft hands. I have come across so many people who started their complain with migraines and after some time, it developed to a worse situation. I am glad you took your time to make this educational post, now people can understand that this isn’t something to be taken for granted when one have it, also the treatment of migraine should be make well available. Thanks for sharing

  • Joshua

    Really nice article here, Recently I have dealt with a headache that lasted at least 3 to 4 days, and I went to WebMD to do some research and it came up with me having a migraine. Is it common for men to get migraines since it is normally described in women getting them?

    • Myles

      Research tells us that more women have migraine than men, however men are indeed subject to migraine. 

  • Bongani Mnguni

    Interesting very detailed and enlightening. My ex always complained about a severe headache and it seems to worsen during menopause and in her case they used to worsen. I have leant more here and confirmed that indeed she has Migraine. The topic is a very important medical information that should be read more by people like my ex 

  • Anthony Hu

    Thank you for your post. It is a timely article for me. Recently I have some headache and I guess it is migraine. The reason is that I have family emergency and am stressed right now.

    At this stage, I may not need to see doctor. I like your suggestion: effective, natural approach to migraine relief – The Headache & Migraine Relief hypnosis session. It is a prefect program for me, it is simple, it is cheap, and it can be done at comfort of my home.

    I am going to download the program and listen to the self-hypnosis. I have never tried hypnosis before, but this is the one that will help to overcome my current crisis.

    It is kind of you sharing this helpful program with us. I will inform you the outcome of my practice.

    • Myles

      Thank you for commenting on this article Anthony. I look forward to hearing about your outcome. All the best!

  • grea8J

    This article is very informative on the complexity of the cause of migraine. I agree that hypersensitivity in the nervous system is definitely one of the causes. Also, I think it is genetic because I sometimes have it, and my brother always too.

    We tend to follow any techniques that help us relax, just as the audio hypnos you suggested will be a great treatment. Natural oils like cbd oil or coconut oil can lessen it too, in my opinion. 

    • Myles

      Thanks for your comment on this article and providing an opinion. Cheers

  • C

    Thank you for this great article about migraines. A lot of people struggle with that and your article provides a scientific explanation and a solution. Your graphics are nice and I also like your font, where the letter F kind of hangs down a little bit below the other letters. I never saw that anywhere but it’s a nice touch.

    I think you have recommended a good product, because hypnosis is surprisingly effective. If you just do the hypnosis, you’d be surprised how it causes a shift in your subconscious which will then Branch out and effect the factors leading to your migraines and reduce those factors, without you having to intellectualize it.

    • Myles

      As you say “hypnosis is surprisingly effective”, one of the main goals of my website is educate people as to the effectiveness of self hypnosis and how to access self hypnosis audio sessions for their particular need. Appreciate your comments, all the best! 

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