That’s the conclusion of a study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The researchers found that people who have migraine headaches and associated visual disturbances have 13 times as high a likelihood of having brain damage associated with oxygen deprivation than those without migraines. The rate of damage increased linearly with the frequency of headaches.
Thus, treatment as soon as migraines are recognized as the cause of headaches, itself a difficult diagnosis, may mitigate brain tissue loss and preserve function. Just gritting it out is not the way to go. The authors conclude that migraine is a progressive brain disease.
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