A migraine headache is a form of vascular headache. Migraine headache is caused by a combination of enlarged blood vessels and the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around the blood vessels. The chemicals cause inflammation, pain, and further enlargement of the artery which magnifies the pain. Migraine attacks commonly activate the sympathetic nervous system in the body. The sympathetic nervous system is often thought of as the part of the nervous system that controls primitive responses to stress and pain, the so-called “fight or flight” response. The increased sympathetic activity also contributes to the sensitivity to light as well as blurred vision.
With some of our patients, we have had excellent results successfully relieving migraine headaches with Botox® Injections. There are certain foods that may act as a trigger that can and should be avoided. All treatment plans are tailored to each patient’s specific needs.