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Migraine and headache

What is Migraine?

Migraine is a complex syndrome which usually involves a severe headache and may be associated with gastrointestinal symptoms. The underlying pathology is incompletely understood but it does appear to involve disturbances in the nervous and circulatory systems.

During a migraine, blood vessels in the head constrict, reducing blood flow to the brain. This may be the explanation for the warning symptoms (aura) that many sufferers experience prior to an attack. The blood vessels then dilate and the typical throbbing headache appears causing severe pain and, usually, inability to continue with daily functions.
Some evidence suggests that there is an inflammatory or allergic component to this condition. Certain foods and stresses have been associated with migraine and some people have been found to be sensitive to tyramine which is found in red wine, cheese and chocolate. Other food triggers are also common.

Treatments for Migraines and Headaches are available at Winchester, London, Basingstoke, Oxford, Chichester, Bournemouth and Poole.

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