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?
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.