Can Migraines be Caused by Genetics?

Migraines Caused By Genetics

Yes, medical research has shown that migraines are caused by genetics.

Migraine pain is triggered by the release of dopamine and serotonin chemicals to the brain, causing inflammation and pain.

  • There is a constriction of blood vessels, followed by a dilation of blood vessels in the brain
  • After the blood vessels dilate, a rapid increase in blood pressure occurs inside the head
  • The increased blood pressure results in a pounding headache
  • Every time the heart beats, another shock wave is sent through the carotid arteries in the neck up to the brain

Migraines manifest in intensive, throbbing headaches causing nausea, loss of eyesight, and over-sensitivity to environmental odors, noise, and light. Migraine pain typically begins with visual-like auras like that of a flashing light or a dream-like state.

Migraines

neurological.jpgAccording the National Headache Foundation between 70 and 90 percent of those who experience migraines have family members suffering from migraines. Therefore, migraines have been proven to be caused by genetics.

  • Of the estimated 37 million Americans who suffer from migraines, women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines than men
  • Most migraine sufferers experience their first migraine before the age of 30
  • Migraine attacks can occur up to several times per month in some people

Migraine attacks tend to occur less often and be less severe as people age.

Different Types of Migraines

  • Common migraines make up 80 percent of this type of headache with no aura before onset
  • Classic migraines are those headaches experiencing an aura before onset and are more severe than common migraines
  • Status migraines are those attacks lasting over 72 hours

Migraine Triggers

For those people prone to migraine headaches, some triggers have been found to include:

  • Foods, such as chocolate, cheese, nuts, alcohol, and MSG
  • Missing a regular meal
  • Stress and tension – emotional or physical
  • Birth control pill therapy – women have estrogen-withdrawal at the end of the pill cycle
  • Smoking triggers migraines and interferes with treatment

Migraine Prevention and Care Provider

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  • Relieving tension
  • Stimulating nerves
  • Stretching and loosening muscles

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