Migraines May Change Brain Structure
But scientists aren't sure whether this is a big cause for concern
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2013 4:55 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Those with the misfortune to suffer regular migraines should know that those headaches aren't just knocking them off their feet—they seem to be causing physical changes to the brain, reports AFP. Researchers say that migraine sufferers, especially those who experience symptoms such as sensitivity to light and dizziness in advance, are more likely to have brain lesions and other abnormalities of brain tissue.

"Traditionally, migraine has been considered a benign disorder without long-term consequences for the brain," says one of the Copenhagen researchers. "Our review and meta-analysis study suggests that the disorder may permanently alter brain structure in multiple ways." This may sound worse than it actually is, however. The scientists aren't saying the abnormalities necessarily cause problems, only that they're more common in migraine patients, reports HealthDay News. "I do not think the patient should be concerned, but treatment and control of migraine is recommended," says that same researcher.

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taramas
Oct 5, 2013 9:03 AM CDT
Oh good, because I was gonna say if I get these migraines every couple of weeks and they're not at the very LEAST causing brain lesions, I'm going to be so annoyed..
TheGunts
Aug 29, 2013 12:17 PM CDT
Migraines, back spasms, colitis, carpal tunnel, whatever. There is no difference. Understand the mind-body connection, and all of these are GONE. There's a guy named Dr. John Sarno who equates all of these maladies to the unconscious (not subconscious, there is a difference) brain's efforts to distract one -through pain - from facing feelings of rage that need to be reconciled. Sounds far-fetched, but I'll be g-damned if it ain't true. The pain is 100% real, it's not being imagined, but it's root cause is not related to some physical/structural defect. You'll need to face some unpleasant realities about yourself, but if you believe the diagnosis, relief is right around the corner (relatively speaking) There was a John Stossell, 20/20 piece on him around '99. Easy to find on youtube. He's written a couple books, too. I remember him saying only about 10% of the patients who came to him accepted this diagnosis, but virtually all saw dramatic improvement.
BANTOBACCOTODAY
Aug 29, 2013 11:16 AM CDT
Important trigger for migrainces: SMOKING AND EXPOSURE TO TOXIC TOBACCO SMOKE, which, of course, should be banned everywhere, indoors and out! More at: http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/guide/triggers-smoking