Hypothalamus. Could it be a cause?

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Hypothalamus. Could it be a cause?

Post  pen on Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:53 pm

One of our best headache specialist here in England has suggested that imbalance in the hypothalamus is a probable cause of migraine.
I wondered if anyone else had come across this theory please?
It sure would make sens to me as it is implicated in CFS/FMS as well.
And of course as part of the endocrine system very much interacts with hormones.
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Post  Stillhurtin on Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:18 pm

hmmmm...interesting. I'll have to research a lil before I can speaked educatedly about it. I am not even quite sure where the hypothalamus is or what it's function is Embarassed

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Post  pen on Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:42 pm

might help. I learned a bit cos of my FMS


The hypothalamus is a portion of the brain that contains a number of small nuclei with a variety of functions. One of the most important functions of the hypothalamus is to link the nervous system to the endocrine system via the pituitary gland (hypophysis).
The hypothalamus is located below the thalamus, just above the brain stem. In the terminology of neuroanatomy, it forms the ventral part of the diencephalon. All vertebrate brains contain a hypothalamus. In humans, it is roughly the size of an almond.
The hypothalamus is responsible for certain metabolic processes and other activities of the Autonomic Nervous System. It synthesizes and secretes neurohormones, often called hypothalamic-releasing hormones, and these in turn stimulate or inhibit the secretion of pituitary hormones. The hypothalamus controls body temperature, hunger, thirst,[1] fatigue, and circadian c
ycles.


To seek Migraine Treatment, we have to know where migraine Headache begins before we can get rid of it. We know migraine headache happen in our head. But, do you know exactly where. Somewhere in the brain lies the migraine headache control center, which receives the flow of migraine triggers that activate the migraine attack. Where this center is located, no one knows for sure, but the hypothalamus is the most obvious candidate. This deep-seated tiny organ in the brain controls many basic functions, including your sleep-wake cycle, hunger and satiety, hormonal regulation, and the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system.
Several features of the hypothalamus make it the most likely site of the migraine headache control center. To start with, virtually all migraine activators (or migraine triggers) have input to the hypothalamus. For instance, emotional triggers such as stress (or letdown after stress) and depression involve the brain's limbic system, of which the hypothalamus is a part. In addition, hormonal triggers such as estrogen are regulated by the hypothalamus and have special access to it (In order to be able to monitor hormones, the hypothalamus lacks the normal blood-brain barrier that shields most of the brain from substances circulating in the bloodstream.)
Chemical triggers in foods and beverages can also reach the hypo-thalamus as they circulate in the bloodstream following absorption from the gut. Migraine can be triggered by skipping meals as well, perhaps because of the role of the hypothalamus in overseeing hunger and satiety. Sensory triggers, both visual (sunlight glare, strobe lights) and olfactory (perfumes, cigarette smoke), can also reach the hypothalamus via direct nerve pathways leading from receptors in the eyes and nose. An association between the migraine control center and the hypothalamus is likely for other reasons. Migraine is often linked to the sleep-wake cycle, which is governed by the brain's master clock, located in the hypothalamus. The relationship of migraine to the sleep-wake cycle is evident not only from fluctuations in migraine activity occurring at regular times (for instance, headaches upon awakening) but also from the triggering of migraine as a result of either sleep deprivation or oversleep (as on weekend mornings), as well as relief of migraine following sleep. So understanding where Migraine begins is a milestone in the success of Migraine Treatment., the immune system, mood and emotions, sexuality, and energy storage and expenditure. A wide variety of species, from the most ancient organisms to humans, share components of the HPA axis. It is the common mechanism for interactions among glands, hormones, and parts of the midbrain that mediate the general adaptation syndrome (GAS)


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Post  Guest on Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:38 pm

there are numerous causes of migraine, and changes in a myriad of chemicals manufactured and managed by the pituitary can cause problems, along with the pituitary stalk.

docs can run tests to see if you are low/high on a lot of things to see if systems are functioning well.

specifically brain MRI is helpful......

but i wouldn't put a ton of cash on the table that it is a cause of migraines.

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Re: Hypothalamus. Could it be a cause?

Post  pen on Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:51 am

BUT, as we dont know what it is, we cant be sure what it is not....
It certainly made me sit up because I have FMS as well.

There has been some "miracle" curing of CFS in UK purely by balancing hypothalamus.
its weird stuff, but I have seen the evidence. AND those people that had headaches with it....
They went away too.
Sadly its very expensive, you have to travel to do the programme and that rules me out.
Otherwise, I would do it in a hearbeat.

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Post  Ivy on Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:49 am

My gyno is following this theory for her migraine patients.
Years ago, she prescribed me several blood works on all types of hormones and anti-bodies. The list was so long and particular that at the lab they did not even know about some tests and had to be sure that they had the necessary to do them Shocked

Anyway: nothing came out irregular.
I repeated some of these tests last June (for other reasons than migraine) and they were again normal.

My gyno told me that I don't belong to that group of people for whom migraine is a secondary complication of hormonal imbalance, but she also stated that many women have solved their h/a problems thanks to hormonal cures.

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Post  pen on Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:51 am

~Thanks for this Ivy, I do wonder if I might be one of those women..

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Post  Stillhurtin on Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:55 am

wow, guess I DON"T have to research-lol! Smile
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