Migraines: The How and The Why
300 million people suffer from intense, throbbing headaches that make them feel nauseated, sick, and/or sensitive to light. Are you one of these 300 million? These are textbook migraine symptoms and unfortunately, they can't be cured with ibuprofen, a few deep breaths or a quick nap. Migraines are serious problems, but how and why do they exist?
To learn what a migraine is, from a lovely British point of view, watch the short video below.
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Dr. Filippi and colleagues believe that migraines occur because of problems with the brain that develop over time. They used MRIs to measure the cortical regions (outer regions) of the brain, and most with migraines show atrophy related to pain processing. This is most likely due to chronic stimulation of the area.
The MRIs checked for thickness and surface abnormalities. They found that individuals with intrinsic predisposition can alter the surface area, and disease-related processes, or over-stimulation, could lead to changes in thickness.
The study is still ongoing, checking back with patients longitudinally. To read more on it, you can view the article here.
If you do have continuous, dreadful headaches or you experience symptoms like these, we can help. You can get an MRI to properly diagnose what's going on in your head and check for migraine characteristics in the images. Call Carlsbad Open MRI at 575-628-1234 or visit our website for more information.