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Why do serotonin and dopamine cause migraines with aura?

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According to the theory, something goes awry in the way these chemicals control how your brain works. Your brain and your body's immune system overreact, sending out a flood of cells. The blood vessels in your brain open wider to make room for them. Your body releases even more chemicals to help control the vessels' muscles. The vessels open and tighten. And you get a severe, often throbbing, headache.

From: Migraine Headaches With Aura WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Migraine Foundation: "Migraine and Aura."

Mayo Clinic: "Migraine with aura."

eMedicine.com: "Headache, Migraine," "Migraine Headache: Pediatric Perspective."

International Headache Society: "International Classification of Headache Disorders, edition 2."

eMedicineHealth.com: "Alternative and Complementary Approaches to Migraines and Headaches."

American Headache Society: "Cefaly for Migraine Prevention?"

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 27, 2018

SOURCES:

American Migraine Foundation: "Migraine and Aura."

Mayo Clinic: "Migraine with aura."

eMedicine.com: "Headache, Migraine," "Migraine Headache: Pediatric Perspective."

International Headache Society: "International Classification of Headache Disorders, edition 2."

eMedicineHealth.com: "Alternative and Complementary Approaches to Migraines and Headaches."

American Headache Society: "Cefaly for Migraine Prevention?"

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 27, 2018

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