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Surprising Things You Don't Know About Migraines

There is a lot that we know about migraines, but there is a lot we don't know and what you don't know may surprise you.  Here are a few things that you may not know about migraines:

They have been linked to suicide risk

Several studies have now linked migraines with an increased risk for suicide attempts and even completed suicide. The risk may be even higher among people with aura or the flashes of light and other sensory symptoms that can accompany the headaches. It is still not clear why migraines and suicide are related, but depression and and migraine share a similar biology according to Dawn Buse, PhD. She says that migraine sufferers need to know that "they're not alone. They can get help."

Your medication could be making migraines worse

Although drugs are meant to help ease the pain of migraines, in some cases this strategy can backfire. Too-frequent use of migraine medications can result in what's known as "medication over use headaches." Try not to use migraine medication, even over-the-counter varieties, more than twice a week.

Lightning and migraine can strike together

A study of migraine sufferers in Ohio and Missouri found that the risk of migraine went up on days when there was lightning nearby compared to days when there wasn't. Weather-related factors such as barometric pressure and humidity, have been linked to migraines in the past.

Migraines are linked to other serious health problems

People with migraines have an elevated risk of stroke and of cardiovascular problems when compared with the general population.

A drop in your stress level can bring on a migraine

Research by Buse's team actually found a 20% higher risk of migraines after someone's mood changed from sad or nervous to happy or relaxed. These "let-down" migraines may be caused by a sudden, dramatic drop in hormones.

 

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New Biological Causes of Migraines

New research has discovered biological causes of migraine by identifying several different genetic regions that are responsible for triggering the attacks.

Migraines are classed as the 7th disabler in the Global Burden of Disease Survey 2010.  They affect more than 14% of adults and have been increasingly difficult to study. 

In this most recent study, a team managed to identify 12 different genetic regions which play a role in the risk of migraine. Eight of the regions control brain circuitries and two maintain healthy brain tissue. A person's genetic susceptibility to getting migraines may have to do with the regulation of these pathways. 

Dr. Aarno Palotie, from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, said that "Migraine and epilepsy are particularly difficult neural conditions to study; between episodes the patient is basically healthy so it's extremely difficult to uncover biochemical clues."

For this study, researchers gathered data from 29 different genomic studies, which included 100,000 migraine and control samples and compared the results.

The susceptible regions were near an area of genes that are very sensitive to oxidative stress which results in the cells not functioning properly. Scientists believe that the genes located in these genetic regions are interconnected and could disrupt the regulation of cells inside the brain, leading to migraine symptoms. 

Dr. Mark Daly, from the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, concluded:

         "This approach is the most efficient way of revealing the underlying biology of these neural disorders. Effective studies that give us biological or biochemical results and insights are essential if we are to fully get to grips with this debilitating condition. 

          Pursuing these studies in even larger samples and with denser maps of biological markers will increase our power to determine the roots and triggers of this disabling disorder."

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June is Migraine Awareness Month

June has be designated "Migraine and Headache Awareness Month." This year's theme from the National Headache Foundation is, "Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headaches." 

Almost 3.2 million Americans are missing work or school, are not able to perform daily chores, or cannot attend family or social activities because of chronic migraine. Chronic migraine primarily affects women who experience migraine headaches on 15 or more days per month.

Although 47% of the adults in the U.S. experience headaches annually, migraine and other headaches are poorly recognized and inadequately treated. Purple is the recognized color for Migraine and Headache Awareness. That is why the National Headache Foundation is standing up to "show purple" during June. The NHF wants to challenge everyone else to stand up and let others know they are not alone.

And for those experiencing chronic migraine, treatment involves both lifestyle changes and medical approaches. Discussing your headaches with your physician is essential to find out why you are experiencing chronic migraine. Once the diagnosis is known, the right therapies can be started, including medications to treat acute pain, and other drugs to stop those headaches from occurring. Referral to a headache specialist may be recommended because of the frequent occurrence of these headaches. Also, drugs associated with overuse, including narcotics, must be avoided.

SOURCE National Headache Foundation

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Are Side Effects Worth the Migraine Relief?

New studies are showing that the side effects of drugs prescribed for migraine relief are sometimes so terrible that sufferers stop taking them. Research does show that drugs prescribed are effective at treating migraines and reducing migraine attacks, but many of the medications have side effects that are so bothersome that sufferers frequently stopped taking them. 

This could be due to the fact that none of the drugs used to prevent migraines was designed specifically for that purpose, explained Dr. Jason Rosenburg, director of the Johns Hopkins Headache Center. "So, it's not surprising that they don't work all that well. Only one-third get halfway better, according to the study, so a doctor has to treat three people to get one patient better."

The side effects can range from weight gain, sleepiness, risk of diabetes and kidney stones. This is why physicians and patients need better information. A lot of off-label drugs (drugs not made for migraine prevention) are often prescribed because they show the most favorable combination of benefits to potential harms.

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