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Migraine 101


What's the difference between a headache and a migraine?

Expert:   Joshua Cohen, M.D., M.P.H. , St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center »

Differentiating between a headache and a migraine can be hard. Luckily wehave a few help full tips. Cjeck them out here!

Transcript: A headache is, well, just that. A painful sensation that occurs in the head or lower neck. A migraine on the other hand, THAT’S a NEUROLOGICAL disorder. Migraine headaches are VERY severe, usually involving an intense, throbbing pain in one or more parts of your head. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, distorted vision and sensitivity to light or sounds. Migraines can last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours, and many people can’t even get out of BED during that time because movement often makes the pain WORSE. For a long time, researchers believed that constriction and dilation of the brain’s blood vessels was the likely reason, but we now know that these blood vessel changes are the RESULT of the headache not the cause. A new theory involves: A combination of genetic abnormalities, Interactions between the brainstem and a major nerve, AND the levels of important brain chemicals called serotonin and CGRP, which affect blood vessel dilation and cause inflammation. 40-60 million Americans suffer from migraine, with recent estimates suggesting that number may be as high as 90 million. And 1 in 4 women have to contend with the headaches. As with any health condition, it’s always best to see your doctor, especially if you experience these symptoms more than once every two weeks. More »

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