Migraines are more than just headache. It's often a moderate to severe head pain accompanied by a range of symptoms which often include:
- Sensitivity to light, sound, smell, movement or touch
There are many other symptoms that may also be expereinced which are described in some of the videos in more detail. Some of these may include:
- Visual disturbances
- Partial or temporary blindness
- Loss of balance
- Motor weakness
- Stroke like symptoms such as paralysis of limbs
How and why some people experience migraines is still not fully understood.
There are however a number of helpful videos that take us deep into the brain to describe the hypothesised pathophysiology or mechanics of migraine.
I cannot vouch for the accuracy of these videos. They may be based on information which could be incomplete, limited or since outdated.
The purpose of these videos is to illustrate different perspectives of potential migraine mechanisms so that patients might gain a better understanding of their condition.
Understanding what happens during a migraine attack
This is probably one of the most updated and in-depth animations of a migraine from this collection. It was also published recently in December, 2016 for a more current perspective.
If you want an indepth understanding of what you are experiencing, this is the video to watch.
This next video is a general introduction to migraine from the UK. It might take a minute to get used to the pronunciation of "migraine" as it is spoken differently there. It is also refers to the controversial vascular theory of migraine which some argue has since been disproven.
What is a migraine?
Why do we get migraines?
Here's one suggestion that links migraines all the way back to what we saw during childhood:
Here is a slightly older perspective on the pathophysiology of migraine.
Still looking for more? Here is yet another video from a different publisher with slightly different information.
Here is a great video to show your family members who don't really understand what a migraine is. It also discusses the links to serotonin and genes.
Neurologist and migraine sufferer
Here is an interesting video straight from a migraine sufferer who is also a neurologist.
It's not just in your head
Hopefully you now have a better understanding about what goes on during a migraine and why you might be experiencing them.
If you've come across some great videos sharing the 'how' or 'why' about migraine please let me know in the comments below.