Headache Center in Wasilla, Anchorage
During a migraine headache, the level of a chemical in the brain, called serotonin, drops. This causes a major pathway in the brain to release substances called neuropeptides, which travel to your brain's outer coverings. There, blood vessels become dilated and inflamed, resulting in headache pain. Dr. Trescot has identified that most "migraines" actually come from outside the skull in her paper, Headache: Is it a migraine? Think again. Other patients with migraines find that specific environmental or personal triggers cause their headaches. Triggers include certain foods or beverages, stress, too much or too little sleep, physical exertion, or hormonal changes, to name a few.
The good news is that most patients who suffer from migraines can vastly improve their condition through lifestyle changes and medications. Today, we know more about these debilitating headaches than ever before, and there is a wide range of treatment options.
We take a multifactorial approach when healing migraines, meaning that he suggests lifestyle modifications, helps eliminate trigger factors, and institute abortive, and when indicated, preventive medications.