A migraine is a headache felt in one half of the forehead and sometimes the face, which can also affect the whole head and be accompanied by digestive problems and nausea, and sometimes by transient neurological symptoms. It is a condition which predominantly affects young women, and is frequently hereditary.
The pain is caused by excitation of trigeminal nerve, which is responsible for sensation in the face and forehead. The trigeminal nerve can be excited when the blood vessels of the base of the skull and the brain dilate more than normal, and the meningeal vessels by contrast constrict and then dilate.
Serotonin, a molecule produced in the brain (a neurotransmitter), plays an important role as it causes the constriction followed by dilation of these vessels.
When there is an excess of serotonin, the blood vessels contract and then dilate excessively and pain is felt in the area corresponding to the trigeminal nerve(s).
Excess serotonin can be hereditary, or can be caused by significant stress or mental trauma.
This means that migraines often arise after a trauma or during adolescence, in patients who are prone to anxiety or highly susceptible to stress, and during changes in life, work or leisure (such as going on holiday).
There are different types of migraine which can have different causes, but all translate into headaches which are mostly intense, frequent and long-lasting – the particular characteristics allow a more precise diagnosis of the causes to be made.
That is why CARE-ME® is designed to have a palliative effect in all cases of migraine by electrically blocking the transfer of pain signals to the brain.
The definitive healing effect of CARE-ME® depends largely on the particular cause of each category of migraine.
The closer the condition is to the definition of "Classic migraines, with or without aura," as defined by IHS classification, the clearer this effect will be.
This test could help you and your doctor find out if your headaches are migraines. If you cannot find relief for your frequent headaches, you could be suffering from migraines.
14 million Americans suffer from migraines but have never been diagnosed. This could be the case for you too.
If the headaches that you think are caused by sinusitis, tension headaches, or catamenial (menstrual) headaches are in fact diagnosed by your doctor as migraines, you could benefit from appropriate specific treatments.
To find out, you can answer some questions which help identify the type of headache which is disrupting your daily life. Your answers will not be recorded or used for any purpose other than for your own information. We advise you to print them out in order to show them to your doctor, who alone is able to provide you with a valid diagnosis.