If you suffer from migraines, you’re not alone—migraine headaches are the 6th most common cause of disability worldwide. But if you’re one of the estimated 15% of people who experience chronic migraines, you may be wondering about the potential link between migraines and brain tumours.
A migraine is much more than just a headache; it is a neurological condition that can cause intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
While there is no conclusive evidence linking migraines to brain tumours, some studies have found that people with migraines are more likely to develop certain types of brain tumours. In particular, a 2010 study found that people with a history of migraines were more likely to develop meningioma, a type of brain tumour that originates in the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord
According to research, more than 213 million people in India were found to be suffering from migraine in 2019 while 60 percent of these cases were reported by women.
It’s important to remember, however, that correlation does not equal causation; just because two things are linked does not necessarily mean that one caused the other. So while there may be a link between migraines and brain tumours, it’s still unclear what that link might be.
If you experience migraines with any of the following symptoms, it is important to see a doctor right away as they could be warning signs of a brain tumour:
· New onset of migraines after age 50
· Migraines that are accompanied by seizures
· Migraines that cause paralysis or numbness on one side of the body
· Migraines that interfere with your vision (flashing lights, temporary blindness)
· Migraines that are getting progressively worse
· Persistent headaches that are not relieved by over-the-counter medication
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor for further evaluation. It could be that migraines are a symptom of an underlying condition that also increases the risk of brain tumours (such as genetic predisposition), or it could be that something else entirely is responsible for both Migraines and brain tumours
More research is needed to determine the exact relationship between migraines and brain tumours. In the meantime, if you’re concerned about your risk, it’s important to speak with your doctor. They can help you monitor your symptoms and address any concerns you may have.
Dr. Eshan Nerkar – neurosurgeon
Axon Brain and Spine Clinic – Nashik