What Is The Cause Of Migraines?
While researchers have yet to identify an exact cause for migraines, the symptoms are believed to be associated with abnormal activity in the brain that results in inflammation of the blood vessels or abnormal constriction of the nerves as they emerge from the skull to provide sensory input. Dr. Alizadeh and his colleagues have identified numerous physical causes for compression around the nerves including muscle anatomy, fibrous scars, tortuous blood vessels, soft tissue tumors, and bony prominence.
Those most susceptible to migraines tend to be women, people with a family history of migraines, and those between the ages of 15 and 55. Some of the most common triggers are lack of sleep, skipped meals, hormonal fluctuations, weather changes, alcohol, and certain foods. There is also a strong correlation with muscular triggers especially in the neck or forehead that can drive the pain. Similarly, there may a central focus of pain which may be related to nasal pathology such as a deviated septum or turbinate hypertrophy.
Migraine surgery addresses a neurological disorder associated with various common symptoms of chronic headaches, including recurring moderate to intense headaches, nausea and vomiting, weakness, loss of vision, and sensitivity to light or sound. A chronic medical condition, migraines often cause throbbing or pulsing on the side of the head. The pain can last for a duration of a few hours or days at a time.