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  • Rae
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    Well o.k Sultan, but think of all the neat stuff in there that you wont be using!! (just kidding). Actually brains are much more interesting while they are live, very dynamic and intriguing!!
    I guess I should stop talking about brains least I get the boot for being too strange.
    Peace
    Rae

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  • Sultan
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    Well, you are not gonna touch my brain when I die!

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  • Rae
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    Really Sultan..Not only are many artists and intelligent people sufferers from migraines, but also other notables such as Hildegard, who was a prolific artist as well as intellectual and spiritual person. The brain is of particular interest to me, so I have done some research on this (everyone needs a hobby :)
    Peace
    Rae

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  • Sultan
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    Originally posted by Rae
    Sultan
    Sorry that you suffer from migraines. But on a positive note...You are in the company of many and artictic and scholarly minds. For example Vincent Van Gogh suffered from migraines. Starry Starry Night is supposed to be a representation of an his experience during an aura that preluded a migraine.
    Peace
    Rae

    Nah!

    More likely that I am in the company of people who suffer from stress disorders.

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  • Mahdi
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    Culture???


    hmm

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  • Rae
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    Sultan
    Sorry that you suffer from migraines. But on a positive note...You are in the company of many and artictic and scholarly minds. For example Vincent Van Gogh suffered from migraines. Starry Starry Night is supposed to be a representation of an his experience during an aura that preluded a migraine.
    Peace
    Rae

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  • Sultan
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    Judging from the frequency of migraines I suffer, I must be severely brain-damaged!

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  • Ebony
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    hmm..interesting. my brother and mum get migraines...occasionally, although once upon a time it used2b a lot more frequent.

    homeopathic medicine seemed2 hve worked!

    Ws

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  • Migraines can permanently damage brain, doctors find

    Tom Spears
    The Ottawa Citizen
    January 28, 2004

    OTTAWA -- Migraines can kill people's brain tissue and leave permanent physical changes there, say Dutch and American doctors who want the overpowering headaches redefined as a progressive brain disease.

    The discovery that people with migraines have more of these dead or altered areas than migraine-free people has surprised the researchers, who thought the headaches left no scars.

    "It changes the common perception that migraines are trivial problems with transient symptoms," says Dr. Lenore Launer, a lead author of the study and neurologist at the U.S. National Institute on Aging. "Right now people feel there's an attack, and you endure it or treat it, and then it's over."

    Now she says migraines must be re-defined as a chronic problem that can leave lasting effects beyond pain.

    The migraines cause two kinds of damage, though only in a minority of sufferers --a little more than 10 per cent.

    In some people they cause infarctions -- areas where a small blood clot blocks a blood vessel, killing the brain tissue around it.

    The other brain changes are more of a mystery, an effect known for years as an "unidentified bright object" among people who did MRI scans of the brain, because it shows up on the scan as a bright area. It's now called a white matter lesion.

    "It's something not normal," Launer says, but it's tough to define. It's an effect covering a spread-out area, not a clearly defined point. It's probably caused by a lack of nutrients to cells in that area of the brain, or perhaps by inflammation, or even edema -- a buildup of fluid.

    "In fact these are not innocuous," she adds. "They're thought in older people to make them subject to cognitive impairment, and also to some physical impairment -- walking speed, for instance. People with these may not be able to walk as fast."

    Women who suffered migraines once a month or more were 2 1/2 times more likely to have these lesions than women without migraines.

    The other kind of damage is an "infarction," where a small area of the brain dies after its blood supply is cut off, usually by a clot in a blood vessel.

    There were 60 such dead areas found in 31 of the patients, mainly migraine sufferers, Launer said. They ranged in size from two millimetres wide to a little more than two centimetres. This damage was seven times more common in people with migraines than in other people, and 13 times more common among those with "aura" migraines, those that include visual disturbances.

    However, a series of psychological tests found the people with these dead brain areas didn't appear to suffer any loss of ability to think or move their bodies. She hopes to examine that question more deeply.

    Both effects happen more often in women, the researchers say, and especially in women who suffer from "aura" migraines. As well, the damage was most common in people who have migraines at least once a month.

    The damage showed up in MRI scans of the brains of 435 Dutch men and women aged 30 to 60. About two-thirds of the group suffered from migraines while the rest, who never had migraines, were studied for comparison.

    While there's no new treatment available as a result of this study, Launer says future doctors may change the way they treat migraine sufferers because they know of the long-term physical damage.

    http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vanc...4-3a34faf6dedc

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