Migraine sufferers, I have good news. Scientists are one step closer to pinpointing the cause of migraine headache pain. 

More than 1 in 10 people suffer from debilitating migraines. But up until recently, most experts believed the pain was caused by dilated blood vessels in the brain. But according to a study in the journal Lancet Neurology, the expanded blood vessels are just a by-product of the real cause of migraines: Neurons that go haywire and start over-producing pain signals.

Already, there are several drugs in development that’re designed to quiet overactive brain cells. But, what can you do until they hit the market?

  • Experts say your best bet is to avoid migraine triggers like red wine, cheese, and chocolate.

  • Also, numerous studies show that exercise and meditation are effective ways of preventing migraines. 

  • And if you get a migraine, HUG your family or your pets. A Stanford University study found that the bonding chemical oxytocin, which is released when we hug a loved one, can cut the intensity of migraine headaches in half.