What Causes Migraine Nausea And How To Get Relief

Migraine Nausea
Migraine Nausea

What Causes Migraine Nausea And How To Get Relief - In addition to a severe headache, many migrainuers experience migraine nausea. In fact, of the 29.5 million Americans who suffer from these types of headaches, 52.6 percent of women and 39.3 percent of men report having frequent queasiness with their headaches. Many people feel so sick to their stomachs that they cannot hold down any oral treatment, prolonging their agonizing episodes. Because of this, dehydration is a common occurrence. Anyone experiencing a migraine with vomiting should be monitored and encouraged to sip on water or other clear liquids to avoid becoming dehydrated.

Although the exact cause of the wooziness is unknown, there are several theories suggesting why migraines and up-set stomachs often go hand-in-hand. In the past, doctors believed that during an episode, there is a delay in the emptying of the stomach (gastric stasis). Others simply blamed the severe headache pain for the stomach upset. Presently, doctors and scientists believe that blood vessels on the surface of the brain enlarge because of certain nerve signals in the brain. They believe that estrogen levels and their changes may play a part and that is why more women suffer from nauseousness with these types of headaches than men. Also, serotonin levels in the brain can drop, causing the same blood vessels to swell. Because low levels of serotonin may cause motion sickness, people who are more prone to motion sickness report feeling queasiness with their migraines. Half of all migrainuers have movement-related nausea.

Recently, the National Headache Foundation conducted the largest study on migraine headaches ever. Named the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) Study, it found that people who experienced this symptom with their migraines, suffered more severe pain and were more likely to experience other migraine symptoms than those who rarely or never experienced nausea at all. These symptoms include: sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, pain on one side of the head, throbbing pain, sinus pain, neck pain, and loss of appetite.

Clearly, more research is needed on migraines and nausea. But fortunately, there are several treatment options available for migraine sufferers with accompanying nausea. Not only do they include oral medications, both over-the-counter and prescription; but acupuncture, suppositories and nasal sprays are becoming more popular.

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