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.