Brain Changes in Women chronic Migraineurs: No Need for Concern

November 30, 2012

There has been a great deal of interest in understanding the long-term impact that migraines may have on the brain.  Some recent news is somewhat comforting.  In a follow-up analysis of a 9 year study, researchers led by scientists from the University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that among women migraineurs, there were more changes in brain tissue than among men migraineurs.  However, these changes did not indicate that memory or thinking was impaired as a consequence.  There was also no evidence linking the frequency of headaches, such as chronic migraine compared with other types of migraine, to the change in white matter seen on MRI images.  The change seemed to be associated with duration of time rather than headache frequency.  Migraine symptoms can be managed in various ways from preventative measures like lifestyle modifications and medication to longer lasting procedures and even migraine surgery when necessary.

If you are a woman suffering with chronic migraines this should come as welcome news.  But even if you are a worried type, you don’t necessarily need to let the world see your concern written all over your face.  If you choose to receive Botox injections or qualify for a migraine plastic surgery you could benefit from pain and other migraine symptom relief along with the added bonus of a reduction in the appearance of fewer wrinkles and worry lines.  Now that is something to get excited about!

The research study findings were published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Although this news is certainly welcome, many questions remain about the impact that chronic migraines or other migraine variations may have over the long term.  In the meanwhile, migraine treatment options are numerous and finding the individualized treatment plan that works for you is key to managing your symptoms and regaining your quality of life.  Depending on the frequency and severity of your headaches, treatments range from drug free therapies to longer lasting interventional procedures like pain medication injections or even migraine surgery solutions such as neurostimulation and plastic surgery.   Discussing your condition and questions you may have about various treatments with your physician is the critical first step in helping yourself become a pain-free-you again.


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