Accurately diagnose migraine can the sodium level in the spine

Migraine is associated with increased sodium level in the cerebrospinal fluid, as scientists have found.

German researchers found that patients otmechaetsya markedly increased the sodium concentration in the cerebrospinal fluid compared to people who do not suffer from chronic headaches. In this study, was used a technology called sodium MRI, which can be used to determine the concentration of this component in the spine. The results of the study provide valuable diagnostic tool, allowing to define more precisely the diagnosis of migraine or confirm it in patients, and to differentiate this disorder from other types of headaches, according to scientists from Heidelberg University and Mannheim University in Germany.

Migraine is a kind of headache, which is characterized by intense pain, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. From migraine, according to statistics, affects up to 18% of women and 6% of men in this or that period of life. Some migraines are accompanied by visual changes, called auras.

The correct diagnosis of migraine is quite difficult because the manifestations of this disorder vary from patient to patient. As a result, many victims of migraine’t even get the correct diagnosis and specific treatment. Other patients, in contrast, pass through the treatment with powerful drugs for migraine, although in reality they suffer from other types of headaches.

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