Will white matter lesions from Migraines continue to grow?

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    I have had Chronic Migraines since the age of 12, I am now 41.
    I have brain lesions from the migraines and seizures. The doctors have tried everything for my migraines but nothing seems to work. My question is: Will these lesions continue to grow with each Migraine? My concern is I already have short term memory loss. Thank You, Brittany.


    Full Answer:

    Dear Brittany;


    Quite a few of us have white matter lesions, especially those of us who have had Migraines for a long time. So far, the research has shown these lesions to be subclinical, which means they don't seem to be causing any symptoms or any damage that has any effect. The jury is still out as far as memory loss being caused by Migraine. The studies have been mixed.

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    Nobody can predict if the lesions will grow or if more of them will occur. We'd love to be able to answer that, but at this point, not enough is known about the lesions to answer that question.


    We do want to encourage you to keep looking for effective preventives. Sometimes, it's not a matter of having tried everything that might work, but having tried everything your doctor knows about. Have you seen an actual Migraine specialist? It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check the Find a Health Care Specialist on the ACHE web site.


    Good luck, and please feel free to keep in touch,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert




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  • Last updated February 27, 2014.

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Published On: February 27, 2014