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Migraines

What is a Migraine?

A migraine is a series of events that is triggered by either a single stimulus or multiple stimuli in the brain of an individual with overly excitable neurons. This series of events can, but does not always include an excruciating headache. Other symptoms of a migraine can include extreme sensitivity to light and sound; nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. This also delays the emptying of the stomach into the small intestine (affecting food absorption), decreases blood circulation (leading to cold hands and feet), and additional increases to sensitivity to light and sound.

Some migraines are preceded or accompanied by what is commonly referred to as an aura. An aura is a sort of warning system that our bodies have developed. We use our sensory systems as the delivery method. Auras are often experienced as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg.

What Causes Migraines?

I wish I could answer this. Hell, I wish anyone could answer this. But the reality is that our understanding of this complex phenomenon is still evolving. The human brain is a fantastically complex thing and migraines are exasperatingly similar to their hosts in that manner. There is a lot that is known…and much that we thought we knew. But as the saying goes…things aren’t always as they seem. The research continues however, and I have faith in every inch of progress that is made. I found a fantastic article that sums up, in a wonderfully concise and understandable manner, much of the current research and understanding of the causes of migraines. Migraine Survival


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  1. I get these a lot and have had them so bad I loose feeling or function in one side of my body. I am so use to the lighter ones that I can usually work, but other times… when my husband and I first got together they use to scare him so bad as I was so sick and all I could do sometimes was sit in the hot shower and cry. He use to call my mom to see what to do… poor guy. He knows now and he as well as my pups are good helpers when I have one.

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    • You know, in many ways I wish I could write this blog and have no one in the world read it and understand or relate. As much as it would suck to be the only person to have to deal with this pain, I also hate knowing how many others are suffering with it. And I understand the relationship dynamic. Years ago when mine became daily and severe that transition was extremely scary for my fiance at the time. He too was scared and didn’t know what to do or how to handle it. Neither of us had the answers we were so desperate for and I was in too much pain most of the time to search for them. My mother is a nurse so he went to her for answers much of the time as well. It’s a scary disorder, particularly in the beginning before you rule out all the really scary unknowns. Then it’s a matter of acceptance, hope, and keepin’ on. I’m glad you seem to have a pretty solid team behind you…everyone doing this should!

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