Migraines may be tied to brain damage

  1. Migraines may be tied to brain damage

    Study: Sufferers should take drugs to prevent, not just treat, headaches

    WASHINGTON - People with migraines also may be suffering from some brain damage as brain cells swell and become starved of oxygen — a finding that may help explain why migraine sufferers have a higher risk of stroke, researchers reported on Sunday.

    Similar brain damage can occur with concussions and after strokes, the researchers said in this week’s issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience.

    They said their findings suggest that migraine sufferers should not simply get pain relief but should take drugs that prevent the migraine, which is often preceded by “aura” — a series of visual disturbances that can include flashes of light or black spots.

    The research, which was done in mice, also suggests giving oxygen may help reduce the damage, said Takahiro Takano, Maiken Nedergaard and colleagues at the University of Rochester in New York, working with a team at the Danish pharmaceutical group Novo Nordisk.

    They studied a process called cortical spreading depression, known as CSD, a wave of changes in cells associated with migraine, stroke and head trauma.

    They used a precise two-photon microscopic and oxygen sensor microelectrodes to look at the brains of live mice while they caused this process.
    They saw a swelling occur and the brain cells became starved of oxygen. The nerve cells were damaged — specifically the dendrites, the long, thin spikes that stretch from one nerve cell to another.

    28 million sufferers
    “This observation may have direct clinical implications, as several lines of work support the notion that cortical spreading depression constitutes the neurological basis of migraine with aura, and spontaneous waves of CSD may contribute to secondary injury in stroke and traumatic brain injury,” the researchers wrote.

    Migraine is a severe and debilitating form of headache, affecting 28 million people in the United States alone.

    Two studies, including one published last week in the Archives in Internal Medicine, show that people who have migraines are more likely to have heart attacks.

    A 2004 study in the British Medical Journal found that migraine sufferers are twice as likely to suffer a stroke as people who do not have the headaches.

    Women are much more likely to suffer the characteristic pain of a migraine.

    Migraines may be tied to brain damage - Mental Health - MSNBC.com

    Scary news!

  2. Someone might want to move this to Health.

    But back to the topic of stopping migraines, I heard LSD and Ganga were great for stopping migraines. Second question, Does LSD/Ganga just take the away the pain or stop it completely.

    Hooked-Illegal Drugs

  3. I just had a mini-migraine today and it knocked my on my arse all day. I can definitely beleive that hypoxic brain damage could occur. In my case, my neck was so outof alignment/compressed that it set off this lovely reaction. I bet there's the possibility of neck vertebral constriction of some of the arteries going to the brain.

    Brut I fine..no drain bramage at awl.

    Bee bee, boop boop.

  4. One can always go with Acetyl L Carnitine and ALA...protects brain cells from hypoxic injury/stroke.

    In case you don't have an LSD dealer on speed dial

  5. Quote Originally Posted by dethklok View Post
    Interesting post. But wouldn't the LSD/ganga cause more brain damage than the migraines alone?
    Please link where ether cause brain damage.

  6. Bee bee, boop boop.

  7. "One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small and the ones that mother gives you, don't do anything at all,"

    My GF suffer's from Migraines so I did some sereaching and found some really good sites like this one > Migraines: Myth Vs. Reality

    Also have read that aspertame(sp?), sunlight, and alcohol can cause one to have a migraine attack. hopes this can help someone else also b/c it has helped her a lot!


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