It has been a long weekend. I spent some time on new research and no one has come up with a cause or specific mechanism but the current belief is that migraine is a neurovascular disorder. That is an interesting train of thought, that something appears to cause increased excitability of the cerebral cortex and abnormal control of pain neurons in the trigeminal nucleus of the brainstem,(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Migraine).
If nothing else this is an improvement over the theory of migraine that was popular when I was a kid, that you were neurotic and it was all in your head,and it is WAY better than the demon in your head-thing that led to trepannation, (see pic) although I have to admit I’ve thought about trying that too.
There are some preventive medications that can reduce the frequency of migraines and I am on one but I have an appointment at Neurology tomorrow to discuss switching to a different preventive med.
So now I am asking: Do you get migraines?
Have you found anything that helps?
I am open to suggestions…
I have had one migraine in my life and I am so grateful to have never had another. Knowing how difficult and painful a migraine is, you certainly have my sympathies.
Thank you, Bonnie. I keep telling myself that in the face of things like cancer, stroke, and paralysis, migraine is a pretty minor condition. I just get so upset at the amount of time I feel like I “waste” feeling crappy.