Researchers have discovered several shared traits among migraine sufferers that seem to indicate a genetic link. They found five separate segments of the genetic code that may link those suffering from migraine headaches. Some of these genes were linked to brain circuitry and others were responsible for keeping brain tissues healthy.
Understanding the genetic link between migraine sufferers
For years researchers have been trying to identify genetic codes that may be responsible for debilitating headache pain. Migraines have long been difficult to control but advancements in medicine and studies like these are advancing our understanding.
There may even be a link between migraines and epilepsy, another misunderstood diagnosis that can be difficult to treat.
A study conducted by Columbia University in New York appears to have linked migraine headaches in individuals with those who have one or more family members suffering from seizure disorders. Their study indicated that migraine sufferers who experienced auras along with their pain were likely to have a genetic link with epilepsy. 25% of the patients monitored who had at least two relatives with a seizure disorder experienced migraine headaches with auras.
Review your family history
Reviewing your family history can unlock some of the mysteries of migraines. Regardless of the discovery of genes responsible for this pain, doctors have long seen a link in patients who have a family history of chronic migraines.
Medical professionals currently believe that patients have up to a 50% chance of developing migraine headaches if one parent also suffers from the condition. If both parents experience these headaches, the likelihood increases.
With these advancements, doctors may be more able to pinpoint the cause of migraine pain. This can help them design more effective treatment plans for their patients.
Do your parents suffer from migraine headaches as well? To learn more about managing your head pain, get in touch today!