The Causes of Migraine Headaches

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Studies to find the causes of Migraine headaches, still march on. As many as 30 million Americans suffer and there is still no known definitive cause.  The causes could be physical, psychological, biological or environmental. There are factors that influence migraine headaches. These are called ‘triggers’. Triggers can be identified as bringing on migraines but no one knows why they do it. There are two types of migraines, those with Aura; a visual disturbance, and those without.

It is known that genetics lend to the migraine issue. If your parents or grandparents suffered from migraines, there is a greater chance that you will too. Females are afflicted with migraines more than males.

Hormonal changes trigger migraines. Pregnancy, menopause and puberty are all known triggers of migraines. It is, in particular, the fluctuation of estrogen that is responsible.

Stress can also lead to migraines. When you stress, your blood vessels constrict and may trigger your migraines.

Some foods trigger migraines. At the top of the list are red wines, cheese, nuts, and strawberries. Monitor your eating habits and if these are triggering your problem, avoid these foods.

Sometimes things in your environment will be the trigger. Changes in the weather, your altitude, or even air pressure will cause your onset. Sometimes it might be strong odors and noises.

If you are a migraine sufferer and do not get a regular regimen of sleep, your migraines may worsen. It is known that lack of proper rest also triggers migraines.

There are many drugs available for the treatment of migraines. Those medicines are usually of two types: Pain relieving or preventative. Which medication you choose will depend on the severity and frequency of your affliction. There will be other factors to consider such as other medical problems that you may have and whether you are pregnant or nursing.

Please seek the medical advice of your physician if you suffer from migraine headaches.

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