The Gut-Brain Link: How Your Headaches Might Stem From Your Digestion

November 13, 2014 10:50 PM

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I thought I had it figured out. These complicated migraines that I spent years studying seemed to make so much sense on paper. First comes the prodrome, the 24-hour period of time that about 70 percent of migraneurs experience before their attack of disabling pain (1). For some, the prodrome may be a change in mood, such as irritability or anxiety. Others may experience digestive pain, diarrhea or constipation. Yet others may feel fatigued or the opposite, very energetic.

These symptoms stem from the deep brain structures, likely the hypothalamus, warning us that an attack is on the way. After the prodrome arrives the aura in about 20 percent of sufferers (2). This can be a visual phenomenon or sensory experience such as tingling and can last from a few minutes to an...

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