Student with migraine

DOES MIGRAINE CAUSE BRAIN DAMAGE?

Does Migraine Cause Brain Damage?

Migraine and related headaches are responsible for 20% of all clinic visits, and they are the leading cause for loss of man-hours at work. It’s no exaggeration to say that not only is migraine a problem for the sufferer – it’s a headache for employers as well!

Lady with migraine

Do frequent episodes of migraine lead to structural brain damage

 

A major concern for doctors and migraineurs alike is the burning question – do frequent attacks of headache lead to any lasting damage to the brain? Does a life-long battle with migraine leave scars in the brain? Do my headaches mean I am going crazy or demented?

I did my own search of the literature on this subject, and here’s what I found.

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