Could a Microadenoma Increase Migraine Symptoms?

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I just found out that I have a 2.8mm microadenoma in the left side of my pituitary last week. A previous MRI 5 years ago showed nothing. I have always suffered from migraines but recently I have been getting a lot more symptoms. For e.g. memory loss, can't get my words out, unable to focus, blurred vision, fatigue, etc. Could a microadenoma so small be the cause? Or to why my migraines are getting worse? Thank you, Jackie.

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Dear Jackie:

Microadenomas are somewhat common findings on MRI scans. The size you describe would suggest that it is not causing any significant problems based on size. In reality it is unlikely to be related to your symptoms at all. However, if it is causing any type of endocrine abnormality this can lead to worse migraine and other symptoms. You should ask your primary care provider about getting lab work done to ensure your hormone levels are appropriate.

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David Watson, MD, and Teri Robert

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