The short answer is yes. Chronic migraine make a difference in how your brain looks and acts over time. But with the right treatment, you may be able to tame and even reverse the changes in your brain brought on by migraine attacks.
Your Brain on Migraine Pain
Let’s get the big worry out of the way: Do migraine headaches kill brain cells? “For the vast majority of migraines, and the vast majority of people with migraine, no,” says K.C. Brennan, MD, a headache researcher at the University of Utah.
In certain cases, a migraine may come with a complication that doctors call migrainous infarction, which can lead to a stroke In this case, brain cells die because the stroke cuts off their blood supply. This is very serious but also very rare. “You’re more likely to be struck by lightning,” Brennan says.
- Problems remembering things
- Trouble concentrating
- Stiff neck
- Mood changes
But these symptoms are temporary.
How Migraines Shape Your Brain
Your brain is an organ that has “plasticity.” That means it changes and forms new pathways. It’s how you survive, grow, adapt, and work