Migraine Headache

Migraine Headache Is The Most Feared Headache

Migraine headaches are the most feared headache of all kinds faced by humans. A single bout may cause your life to reach a standstill for not only a couple of hours, but at times for a number of days. Unfortunately, there seems to be no way out and doctors, till date, have not been able to even predict whether it is a family predisposition, i.e. whether it is a generic condition or an acquired status. This is pretty alarming considering the fact that in the US alone about 30 million people are affected from the dreaded headache syndrome, Migraine.

As for its origin, doctors are of the opinion that migraine headaches could perhaps be an accumulated disorder of the erstwhile normal pain-generating syndrome present in the brain. Recent studies have also proved that the “fairer sex” is likely to be more vulnerable to migraine headaches owing to hormonal changes within. Numerous surveys have also established the presence of migraine in people between the age group of twenty to thirty, making the youth extremely vulnerable to this kind of headache.

The term 'Migraine' has its origin in the Greek word, “hemicrania”, which implies affecting one side of the head. This situation is actually is experienced  by most of the people suffering from migraines when there have been changes in the size and shape of the arteries within and outside the brain. This is triggered by biochemical changes inside, which cause a series of reactions throughout the brain. The serotonin in the blood vessels tends to change its direction, thereby aggravating the pain. Further inflammation is caused by the release of toxins from the blood vessels sending infinite and uncontrollable pain signals to the epicenter of the brain.

Some of the famous personalities who have been known to have suffered from migraine are Julius Caesar, Pascal, Cervantes, Joan of Arc, Nietzche, Karl Marx, G.B. Shaw and many more prompting researchers to think whether migraine is a personality-related problem.