Think Rodney Dangerfield, those of you of a certain age. The point is that migraine is a real disease and a new study helps to validate migraine sufferers.

Migraines linked to thinning of visual cortex.
Migraines linked to thinning of visual cortex.

Researchers looked at MRI’s of people with “episodic” migraine, meaning 4-14 headache days a month, and found thinning of the cortex of the brain in several areas, including the visual cortex. This particular area of the brain likely correlated with the visual aura that often precedes the headache pain.

Further, the more frequent the headaches, the more severe the findings. They may be able to serve as a “biomarker”, and predict or monitor treatment response.

What was unclear was whether the abnormalities represented a genetic predisposition to migraine or a result of repeated migraine attacks.

Cephalagia, December 10, 2018

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