There is a common misconception floating around that migraines in women are fueled by their inability to manage stress and emotions. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, scientists make it clear that migraines are a real, debilitating medical condition related to temporary abnormal brain activity. And, fact that they may be more common for some women during menstruation has nothing to do with emotions.
Hormones Play a Bigger Role Than Emotions
Roughly 36 Million people suffer from migraines in the U.S. — with the condition impacting three-to-four times more women than men.
The reason, doctors believe, is hormones — not stress and emotion.
Experts agree that a shift in hormones just prior to menstruation jump starts a chain of events which activate neurons in specific parts of brain and send out signals which other parts of the brain interpret as pain.
Hormones are just one piece of the puzzle, said Tobias Kurth, an epidemiologist at Harvard who has investigated the potential dangers of overlooked migraines in women.
Other Common Migraine Triggers
Lights, smells, alcohol, and certain foods are among the hundreds of environmental factors that can trigger migraines in people with genetic predispositions for them. At last count, variations of more than 40 genes were associated with migraines, according to David W. Dodick, the president of the International Headache Society.
More importantly, it’s not the light, per se, that causes the migraine; it only activates those networks that cause migraines. The same story goes for factors like hormones, stress, anxiety and depression, according to Dr. Dodick.
Whichever factor is triggering or causing your headaches and migraines — help is here at Pasadena Pain Management!
Treatment for Migraines and Headaches in Southern California
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