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Migraine Headaches - Cause

Experts aren't sure what causes migraines.

They run in families, and experts have found a genetic link. But it isn't clear why some people get migraines and others don't.

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Basilar Migraines

When someone has a basilar migraine, there is a disturbance at the brainstem or base of the brain. Even before the migraine headache begins, the person may experience an ''aura,'' a cluster of sensations such as dizziness, double vision, and lack of coordination. An aura is a neurological phenomenon that occurs about 10 minutes to 45 minutes before the headache starts. Basilar migraines are known by several different names: Basilar-type migraine Bickerstaff syndrome Brainstem migraine ...

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Certain things can bring on a migraine. These are called triggers. Your triggers may be different from someone else's. Having several triggers increases the chance you will get migraines.

Some common triggers include:

  • Stress.
  • Not eating.
  • Poor sleep habits.
  • A change from your normal routine.
  • Red wine.
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG).
  • Strong odors.
  • Chocolate.
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Last Updated: June 10, 2011
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