Lovely. When I get my MRI next month I bet the doctors will be astonished to find a black hole where my brain used to be… but maybe not, maybe just lesions, which sounds worse than it is, I think.

Spoiler update: they did find lesions on my brain. But being chronic and having aura is a risk factor for these so not really a surprise.

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Scientists said there is no evidence the so-called “silent” lesions, which can be as small as a pinpoint and are common in many older people, affect mental or motor function as adults age. Still, the study of more than 4,600 men and women in Iceland is the largest prospective research to show that migraines occurring in midlife may affect the brain years later, said Lenore Launer, chief of the neuroepidemiology section of the Laboratory of Epidemiology, Demography and Biometry at the National Institute on Aging in Bethesda, Md.

“The importance of this study is it suggests that migraines are not just an episodic condition,” Launer said. “It may lead to long-term changes in the brain. At this point there’s no real clinical message for people with migraines.”


‘May lead to long-term changes in the brain’, well I can tell you that is true when you begin to think differently, remember differently and act differently. My brain just ain’t what it used to be. But while there are in fact structural changes in the brain these lesions do not seem to cause any inherent damage. So that is good.

There is no need to panic at this point since the lesions do not seem to do any damage like MS lesions do. However, it does make one wonder over time about migraine disease and maybe we will one day learn something different. For example, there has been research that we have a higher dementia risk and it makes me wonder what is really going on long term with chronic migraines with aura.

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