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Migraine Disorder Brain Science
At one time, scientists thought that migraines were caused simply by changes in blood flow in the brain. Research in recent years, however, has focused on finding the root causes of the headaches, and a complex chain of cause and effect is emerging.
Current thinking suggests that a genetic predisposition causes the brains of certain people to develop in a unique way. Their unique brain structure then causes an unusual reaction to certain brain chemicals–such as the neurotransmitter serotonin and the hormone estrogen–which results in the restriction of blood vessels. This blood flow restriction, in turn, causes migraine symptoms.
The current understanding of how this all works is incomplete. Researchers are trying to determine, for example, which genes cause the unusual brain development, which parts of the brain are different in migraine sufferers, which brain chemicals trigger migraines, and how migraine sufferers react differently to those chemicals as compared to those people who don’t have migraines.
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