Why Do Some People Get Migraines and Others Don’t?

Over the weekend I was talking to one of my best friends from back home who is currently going to school at Temple. During our conversation, he brought up how he was having severe headaches, or migraines earlier that day.  This was not his first run in having these horrible headaches, as I remember throughout high school he had to leave school early some days because certain headaches were just too much for him to handle. He really struggled with migraines since we were kids, and just had to fight through them until they went away. I began thinking of how my mom used to get them when I was younger, and how much pain she would be in. Overtime, my mom began to research how to fight migraines. She learned that not only did she need to take medication, but she also needed to improve her sleeping habits, change her diet, and work on her stress management. I started wondering on the phone why my mom experienced migraines but I never did.  The only time I ever had a headache was if I got car sick, but I had never dealt with one so severe. I have never had to deal with headaches much, but it still made me wonder why do certain people get migraines and others do not?

For people who do not know, a migraine is much worse than a headache. According to Health Line. Net, headaches are unpleasant that can cause pressure and aching, while a migraine is much more severe pain with symptoms such as nausea, blurred vision, and vomiting just to  name a few. My friend would experience tingling in his finger tips when he got migraines at random points in the day. According to Medical News Today, 36 million Americans are affected by migraines, so why do these people get it and not me? migraine-e1454316241611

According to newly found research, people who experience harsh migraines have structurally different areas in or around the brain. People who experience migraines have a more complicated brain than people that do not.  According to Amy Norton, writer for WebMd.com, people who experience migraines showed to have had a thinner and smaller cortex compared to headache-free people shown in MRI scans done by the researchers. Norton later in the article talks about how one of the researchers explains that migraines can alter the thickness of the brains cortex, the outer layer, which changes throughout the life of a human.  Here is a video that shows the medical animation of a migraine attack.





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2 thoughts on “Why Do Some People Get Migraines and Others Don’t?

  1. Derek William Drotman

    I was hoping you discussed some possible way you can get migraines. Two of my great friends suffered from migraines after football season. Since football is such an aggressive and physical sport where hits to the head are common migraines are very common. Below is an article which discuss how football players are twice as likely to have migraines than an average person. This article blew my mind of how 35 percent of football players have had history with migraines. Migraines are definitely serious i wish you discussed more of the effects it can have on a persons life.

  2. sjb6039

    This post is interesting as headaches are something that I frequently get, however I have never suffered from a migraine. I remember in high school my Spanish teacher was always suffering from migraines and would have to leave school early, take a nap during class instead of teaching, or just would not come to school that day at all. My teacher was around 35 years old, and this post got me wondering, does age affect how often we get migraines? This article https://www.migrainetrust.org/living-with-migraine/coping-managing/migraine-in-later-life/ states that people most commonly suffer from migraines between the age of 30 and 40. It then goes on to say that as we age into our 50s and 60s, out likeness to suffer form a migraine decreases. So in the case of my Spanish teacher, age most likely played a role in why she suffered from migraines so much, however there are probably some other variables contributing to it as well.

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