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Migraine Mystery Uncovered

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Wednesday, 27 Jul 2016 04:13 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Migraine headaches have remained an enigma since they were first described.

But what is unknown to most people — and even many doctors — is the fact that migraines involve a great deal more than just pain in the head.

Other symptoms a person may experience due to migraines include:

• Gastrointestinal discomfort

• Seizures

• Blindness

• Weakness

• Paralysis

• Visual impairment

•Cognitive difficulties


While there is a hereditary component to migraine headaches, the condition is not only hereditary.

Until recently, it was hypothesized that serotonin was the main neurotransmitter involved. Now, however, it has become clear that glutamate the excitotoxic neurotransmitter is a major player.

When attacks come on, spinal fluid glutamate levels rise. Once the attack subsides, those levels fall, but they remain higher than normal.

Excitotoxin food additives can precipitate migraine attacks and make them much more intense.

Recent studies also found that inflammation plays a role in conjunction with excitotoxicity.

Eating foods that contain high levels of glutamate — such as tomato sauces, mushrooms, cheeses, and MSG-filled extracts — can precipitate, magnify, and prolong migraine attacks.

Recently, it has been discovered that nitric oxide, which is intimately linked to the excitotoxicity, plays a role in migraine headaches as well.

When glutamate receptors are overstimulated, they release high levels of nitric oxide. There is evidence that genetic predisposition for greater activity of nitric oxide-producing NOS enzymes also puts a person at higher risk for migraines.

In addition, migraine attacks can be precipitated by exposure to nitric oxide producing drugs.

One interesting study showed that nitric oxide could trigger inflammation and glutamate release in the area of a migraine headache.

The researchers found that St. John’s wort could dramatically reduce the pain and inflammation and lower glutamate levels.
 

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Migraine headaches have remained an enigma since they were first described. But what is unknown to most people is the fact that migraines involve a great deal more than just pain in the head.
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