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Migraine Sufferer’s Brains are Structurally Different – Latest Neurology Study


A Neurology study by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, found differences in the sensory areas of the brains of people who develop migraines.    The somatossensory cortext area of the brain was up to 21% thicker in migraine sufferers compared to people who are free from the debilitating headaches.    The cortext area processes pain and other sensory information from the body. 

These findings,  that are being published in the journal  Neurology,   apparently indicate a change in the way the brain handles information such as pain signals or light or sound.  This provides clear evidence that migraine is a brain disorder.  It appears that the brain has adapted to the disorder.

It is still unclear whether these brain differences actually cause migraines or are themselves caused by these severe,  recurrent headaches, according to the researchers.

These findings may explain why people with migraines often have other pain disorders such as jaw pain and other sensory problems such as allodynia.  This difference in the brain may make patients hyper-sensitive to the pain.

According to Dr. Andrew Dowson, medical advisor to the Migraine Action Association, there is much international research taking place using sophisticated imaging techniques to examine the impact of chronic pain on the central nervous system.

Personal Note:

Since I exist with constant migraine,  I feel certain apathy since so little has really been discovered about migraines and how to stop them.    However, this study is different.    The findings make sense and are in accordance to how I feel with migraine pain and how it affects the whole body.      The pain from migraine is so acute and raw and is intensified by any change in the senses.    The migraine may be in the head but the whole body feels hypersensitive to any pain.    It is as if there is a biochemical reaction taking place in the body.   It is similar to the feeling of food poisening. 

I have always felt my brain has adapted to being in constant pain in order to survive.    And that adaptation has caused changes in the way I think and do things.    My brain is always trying to avoid triggering more pain and protecting me, by shutting down certain areas of the brain in order to cope with the onslaught of pain. 

I do hope that they continue the research in this direction,  as I believe it might provide the insight that is needed in order to help all those who are suffering.    And most of all this study helps to validate that migraine is a brain disorder and not a fixation in the mind.

Lady Sharon
Scribe of Knights of the Pain Table News

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