What Can a Migraine Lead to?

Ask a Doctor

I’ve been suffering migraines a few times a week for several years now, and I can’t seem to get them under control. The pain symptoms are bad enough, but I worry that these constant migraines may lead to other more deadly health problems. What can a migraine lead to?

Doctor’s Response

A very small number of people who suffer from migraines with specific symptoms may have a higher risk of ischemic stroke. The type of migraine associated with an increased risk of stroke is migraine with aura, which affects about 25% of all people with migraine headaches. This risk is slightly greater in women who have migraine with aura and take oral contraceptives.

Migraines are also associated with a very slight increased risk of mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and panic disorder.

NHS. Complications - Migraine. 26 May 2016. 2 January 2019 .

The Migraine Trust. Stroke and migraine. 2 January 2019 .