Causes of Migraines

What Causes Migraine Headaches?

Migraine pain occurs in the brain but are commonly triggered by external or internal factors. Some of the more common migraine headache triggers include:

  • Allergies
  • Alcohol
  • Bright light
  • Dehydration
  • Emotional or physical stress
  • Fatigue
  • Hormonal changes
  • Too little or too much sleep
  • Loud sounds
  • Smoking or exposure to smoke
  • Blood sugar fluctuation (due to missing a meal)
  • Caffeine
  • Certain foods that contain nitrates or MSG, like aged cheese and smoked meat

There is still no exact mechanism proven to cause migraine headaches, and there are likely different underlying causes for different types of migraine sufferers. Most believe that there is a combination of factors, both outside and inside the brain, that trigger a cascade of events to cause migraine pain. This may be related to how the brain communicates with sensory nerves in the face and scalp.

Dr. Jonathan Cabin of The Migraine Institute is a board-certified head and neck surgeon with dual-subspecialty training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He works with individual migraine sufferers to put migraine headaches in the past, by identifying and eliminating sensory nerve triggers.

What to Expect Before a Migraine Headache

In many instances, migraine sufferers will experience:

  • Prodrome: Subtle physical and emotional symptoms, like muscle cramps, depression and anxiety, occurring 1-2 days before a migraine.
  • Aura: Occurs in the moments before a migraine attack, typically involving sensory alterations including changes in hearing, speech, touch and vision.

With The Migraine Institute, an individual can work with Dr. Cabin and explore a wide range of cutting-edge migraine relief treatments.

How to Treat a Migraine Headache

There are many treatment modalities for migraines, including lifestyle changes, alternative/complimentary treatments and, most commonly, medication.

At The Migraine Institute, we offer two cutting-edge treatments for migraine headaches:

  • Minimally Invasive Migraine Surgery: We provide minimally invasive surgery for migraines to reduce or remove faulty sensory nerve signals that can cause migraines.
  • Botox®: Our Botox® for migraine treatments have been shown to help migraine sufferers prevent this same nerve pain irritability that can trigger migraine symptoms.

Once qualifying for these treatments, Dr. Cabin designs an individualized treatment approach, which can include one or both of these treatments (depending on the specific patient).

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Want to find out more about effective migraines treatment? Call us today at 310.461.0303 or fill out our online contact form to set up a consultation.

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