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Misdiagnosis of Hidden Causes of Migraine

Underlying conditions list:

The list of possible underlying conditions mentioned in various sources for Migraine includes:

  • Genetic causes - autosomal dominance
  • Secondary to brain dysfunction
  • Depolarization theory
  • Vascular theory
  • Family history of migraine headaches (70-80%)
  • Medications (ie, birth control pills, vasodilators)
  • Fatigue or emotional stress
  • Specific foods or alcohol
  • Exertion
  • The exact cause of migraine is unknown. Migraine is most likely a heterogeneous disorder and has trigger factors and multiple physiologic causes
  • Birth control pills as well as hormone replacement therapy during menopause

Other underlying conditions related to Migraine:

Source: Diseases Database

Migraine as a complication:

Other conditions that might have Migraine as a complication might be potential underlying conditions. The list of conditions listing Migraine as a complication includes:

Migraine as a symptom:

Conditions listing Migraine as a symptom may also be potential underlying conditions.

For a more detailed analysis of Migraine as a symptom, including causes, drug side effect causes, and drug interaction causes, please see our Symptom Center information for Migraine.

Discussion of underlying conditions of Migraine:

Food Allergy and Intolerances, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

It is controversial, for example, whether migraine headaches can be caused by food allergies. There are studies showing that people who are prone to migraines can have their headaches brought on by histamines and other substances in foods. The more difficult issue is whether food allergies actually cause migraines in such people. (Source: excerpt from Food Allergy and Intolerances, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS (Excerpt)

Childhood headache can be a sign of depression. Parents should alert the family pediatrician if a child develops headaches along with other symptoms such as a change in mood or sleep habits. Antidepressant medication and psychotherapy are effective treatments for childhood depression and related headache. (Source: excerpt from Headache -- Hope Through Research: NINDS)

About underlying conditions:

With a diagnosis of Migraine, it is important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Migraine. These are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Migraine. For general information on this form of misdiagnosis, see Underlying Condition Misdiagnosis or Overview of Misdiagnosis.


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