What are migraines? A video from Baylor University

There is much confusion about migraines among those who have migraines. Some have symptoms a-c, others from b-f and some from y-z. There are some commonalities in all migraines; that we already know. But the symptoms vary among people and may also change over time within the same person experiencing them. Some of the medications used to treat migraine pain (particularly tryptans) affect the nervous system because they are either blocking the making of or blocking the “stop making” signal to reach the neurons’ receptors that naturally manufacture the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is biochemically derived from tryptophan so in taking drugs that modify the neurons’ ability to make the normal levels of serotonin, the chemical nature of the brain and the entire nervous system changes.

Serotonin is located also in the human gut, aiding digestion by regulating intestinal movement, so you can imagine what games that plays on one’s body to add more or take some away! It is a dangerous medication family. Serotonin has little to do with being a pain killer: “Serotonin’s presence in insect venoms and plant spines serves to cause pain, which is a side effect of serotonin injection. Serotonin is produced by pathogenic amoebae, and its effect on the gut causes diarrhea”. (Wikipedia, Serotonin).

Here is a video (only 3 minutes) that explains a little bit about migraines and the difficulty of even recognizing what is a migraine and what is not. I hope it will help you understand a little more about migraines.

You can find the original posting of this article at my migraine-book.com website under blogs.


About Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist focusing on chronic pain, electrolyte homeostasis, and genetics. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention and treatment without the use of medicines. As a forever migraineur from childhood, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic variations of all voltage gated channels that modulate electrolytes and voltage in the brain, insulin and glucose transporters, and several other related variants, such as the MTHFR variants of the B vitamin methylation process and many others. Migraineurs are glucose sensitive and should avoid eating carbs as much as possible. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and new research and findings after treating over 4000 migraineurs world wide, all ages and both genders, she is now finishing the 2nd edition. The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraines, incorporating all there is to know and also hypotheses. It includes an academic research section with suggestions for further research. The book is full of citations to authenticate the statements she makes to be followed up by those interested and to spark further research interest. It is a "Complete Guide". Due out in the summer of 2017. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in NeuroEconomics at Claremont Graduate University, and fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers. For relaxation Dr. Stanton paints and photographs. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook
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