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Posted by: Dean | 2010/08/24

Seratonin levels

I''ve heard that headache sufferers often have low levels of Seratonin Please give me your opinion on this.

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Dear Dean,

Studies have shown that SOME migraine sufferers have low serotonin levels. When serotonin was administered to migraine sufferers, some patients had relief from their pain, but because serotonin is found all over the body, it had unpleasant side effects. That is why they developed the triptans (like Sumatriptan, Maxalt, etc), which act to constrict blood vessels, but are more selective for the blood vessels that cause migraine pain, and don't affect other structures.

Headache sufferers often have a poor Quality of Life due to the constant pain and associated symptoms. For a free assessment of how your headaches are affecting your Quality of Life, click on http://www.headacheclinic.co.za/

This information has been supplied and checked by the multidisciplinary team of specialists at The Headache Clinic, in association with The International Headache Society and the South African Institute of Headache and Migraine Science. For consultation with these specialists, call The Headache Clinic on 0861 678 911 (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban).

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Posted by: Headache expert | 2010/08/24

Dear Dean,

Studies have shown that SOME migraine sufferers have low serotonin levels. When serotonin was administered to migraine sufferers, some patients had relief from their pain, but because serotonin is found all over the body, it had unpleasant side effects. That is why they developed the triptans (like Sumatriptan, Maxalt, etc), which act to constrict blood vessels, but are more selective for the blood vessels that cause migraine pain, and don't affect other structures.

Headache sufferers often have a poor Quality of Life due to the constant pain and associated symptoms. For a free assessment of how your headaches are affecting your Quality of Life, click on http://www.headacheclinic.co.za/

This information has been supplied and checked by the multidisciplinary team of specialists at The Headache Clinic, in association with The International Headache Society and the South African Institute of Headache and Migraine Science. For consultation with these specialists, call The Headache Clinic on 0861 678 911 (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban).

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