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Understanding Migraine Headaches

Jul 28, 2008
When you say you have a headache, it's not really your head that is hurting. Brain tissues and skull bones don't have the nerve fibers that are sensitive to pain and therefore does not feel pain. So when you have a migraine, why does your head hurt?

Migraine headaches are actually vascular headaches, because they involve the blood vessels. During a migraine headache, the temporal artery, located just under the skin at your temple, swells and stretches. This causes the tiny nerve fibers coiled around it to release chemicals.

These chemicals cause pain, inflammation, and even greater enlargement of the temporal artery. The more the artery swells, the worse your pain becomes. So what causes this artery to uncharacteristically enlarge to the point of causing excruciating pain?

The answer may lie in another naturally occurring chemical in the body. Serotonin is one of two major neurotransmitters in the brain that control blood vessel size, among other things. (Norepinephrine is the other one.) Studies done before a migraine show an abnormally high level of serotonin. During the migraine the serotonin level drops to an unusually low level.

While the underlying reason of migraines is still not clear, researchers have seen a connection between migraines and genetic predisposition. Migraine tends to be inherited from parents to children. Hopefully, they can find a definitive answer to this in the future.

Migraine sufferers aren?t the only ones impacted by the debilitating headaches. The American Academy of Pain Medicine, in a recent study, found there are approximately 150 million workdays lost each year because of migraine headaches. This translates to an annual cost to businesses and healthcare of 5-17 billion dollars.

Everyone is affected by this debilitating headache, not just the sufferers. The missed work and productivity lost is becoming a significant burden to the general public. Migraine headaches are suffered by 28 million people in this country, and females are the ones more often to get them, although men suffer them too.

Migraines are often times under diagnosed and often untreated, that is why it becomes persistent. Doctors miss the diagnosis of migraine headaches in more than half the people who have them. Treatments prescribed are often not effective.

One reason for the ineffectiveness of the treatment is because most traditional doctors prescribe a pill for you to take. The problem with pills is that migraines usually stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, the one that controls the ?fight or flight? mechanisms in the body.

Once it is activated, it delays the emptying of stomach contents into the small intestine, thus stopping any absorption from happening. So the pills just sit in your stomach, instead of being broken down and absorbed.

There is another way though. The Migraine and Headache Relief Program is simple to use and has proven to be effective by thousands of migraine sufferers who have used it. The body does not need to absorb any pills or process anything during the stressful time of a migraine attack.

The Migraine and Headache Relief program consists of several easy to do exercises that only take a few minutes a day. It effectively reduces and in many cases completely eliminates the threat of migraines. Use the program and reclaim your life!
About the Author
Christian Goodman is a well known Alternative health writer and the creator of the Natural Health Blog. His newest work is the natural migraine headache treatment, which has now helped thousands of people get relief from their migraine headache naturally.
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