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This source talks about migraines and the symptoms that are given during an attack. It explains how everyone experiences them differently, but the amount of pain can be common. For example, symptoms may include: stiff neck, concentration problems, nausea, sensitivity to light or smells, and many others.

Doctors are thinking that the trigeminal nerve has to do with the facial pain and generates from almost nothing. The trigeminal nerve is the fifth cranial nerve which is slightly near the ear and branches off towards the eyes and lower jaw. This nerve could be causing the excruciating pain for some patients during a migraine attack.

Another belief is the pons (part of the brainstem that links the medulla oblongata and thalamus) could be triggering the pain. During a study in Honolulu, Dr. Goadsby took patients in the middle of a migraine attack and put them under a resolution camera which showed the pons lighting up.  She assumes that this has lead to the patients experiencing pain all over the body.

I find this information very useful because I often get migraines myself. It is common in my family and I think finding a solution to stop them from occurring in the future is important.

I think in the Neurology field many doctors receive patients coming in with migraines and this is helpful for patients that get them often.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. burrdanielle says:

    The source appears excellent and reliable. You could use this information in addition to other sources detailing the common “triggers” of migraines to bring into perspective new current ideas of what the “root” of migraines may be. As it said in the article, these triggers may help display what causes migraines. Additionally, you could address the fact that drugs (medication) currently serve as a faulty method for “curing” migraines and provide more evidence that these coping methods only work for “some people some of the time.”

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  2. whitbeckjacob says:

    I think it’s cool how you’re researching a topic that could potentially lead to curing your own migraines. The source looks reliable, as it from a trusted database and it uses the language (big words) of experts in the Neurology field. I feel like the two opposing beliefs on what causes pain from a migraine is a good starting point for research. It seems like there will be a lot of good sources for your topic.


  3. kateschroeder12 says:

    This looks like a quality source. I find this topic very interesting myself, since I have migraine headaches every so often too. Are you interested in going into the Neurology field? You could use this source to study the basis of how migraines work.


  4. davidiscool11 says:

    I also think it is awesome how your research directly relates to you now and also will impact you in the future. Does the amount of pain someone can experience differ on their tolerance to pain? or on how the brain perceives pain because pain could be one thing to some person, but it could also mean something else to another.


  5. When you are looking at a study from 2003, perhaps look for corroborating studies/follow-up research to strengthen your credibility.


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