Four Health Complications Chronic Migraines Could Lead to

Experts have discovered that migraines, which affect 10 to 15 percent of people everywhere, raise the risk of developing brain lesions, white matter abnormalities and altered brain volume compared to people without the disorder. A lot of times people take over-the counter medication in the hope that their migraines thinking will stop, with a little rest. But migraines can actually get worse over time and have the potential to develop into much more serious conditions that could have a very serious impact on health.

If you’re currently dealing with recurrent migraines, and have not yet sought medical attention, read on to see four health complications your migraines could lead to:


1. Abdominal complications

Although, abdominal complications are not directly linked to migraines themselves, because the vast majority of people who have migraines rely on NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), the health effects of prolonged usage of this medication are worth considering here. NSAIDs such as Ibruprofen, Advil, Diclofenac and etc, may easily cause abdominal pain, bleeding, ulcers and other complications especially if taken in large doses or for  prolonged periods of time.

2. Medication -overuse headaches

If you take over-the-counter or prescription headache medications more than 10 days a month for at-least three months,  you may be setting yourself up for a serious complication known as medication-overuse headaches. Medication-overuse headaches occur when medications not only stop relieving pain but also a primal cause of headaches thus enhancing more pain medication, which continues in a vicious cycle.

3. Serotonin syndrome

Serotonin syndrome is a rare but also serious condition caused by excessively high serotonin levels in the brain. It can be caused by taking multiple drugs that raise serotonin levels, including triptans and certain antidepressants. The symptoms of serotonin syndrome include agitation, confusion, heavy sweating, diarrhea, rapid heart rate, and muscle twitching. If by chance, you experience any of these symptoms within a few hours of taking a new medication or a higher dose of medication, go to the emergency room immediately. Also take note that if untreated, serotonin syndrome can lead to irregular heartbeat, seizures and even death.

4. Stroke

People with migraine, especially women and those who experience auras before headaches, have been found to be at increased risk of stroke. The reason for this is still yet to be fully understood.

5.Brain lesion, white matter abnormality and altered brain volume
People who experience migraine have a greater risk of developing brain lesion, white matter abnormality and altered brain volume. While brain lesion is responsible for damaging an isolated or numerous areas of the brain, the remaining two complication have also been associated with numerous conditions including, multiple sclerosis and obsessive-compulsive disorder. If left untreated, these complications can become fatal therefore people experiencing similar complications are advised to consult a doctor as soon as possible.


Migraines are very uncomfortable and can disrupt your life in a number of ways. The best thing to do if you’re experiencing chronic migraines, is seek professional medical attention, especially considering the fact that self medication may be responsible for the development of several of the conditions discussed here.

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