People with migraine have reported that their minds don’t work normally during attacks; some even find it to be more disabling than painful. Studies suggest that the executive and learning functions of patients changed the most during a Migraine attack, also some brain functions are impacted more than others.
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Studies exploring cognitive dysfunction and migraine attacks have continued to mount. People with migraine have reported that their minds don’t work normally during attacks; some even find it to be more disabling than the pain.
Research suggests that the difficulty in thinking during a migraine attack is often attributed to the pain. However only learning and memory worsened with the severity of the pain; the other symptoms of cognitive dysfunction happened no matter what the pain levels. A person can even have cognitive dysfunction if they have a migraine attack with no pain at all.
Migraine attacks and cognitive dysfunction
Studies on cognitive dysfunction during migraine attacks
– A study published in the journal Cephalalgia, carried out studies in which Participants with episodic migraine without aura were given a series of cognitive tests during an untreated attack and when they were not in an attack. During the attack, they performed worse on the majority of the tests than they did when between migraine attacks, particularly in speed of reading words, learning verbally, and recalling verbal information in the short- and long-term.
– Studies suggest that the executive and learning functions of patients changed the most during a Migraine attack, also some brain functions are impacted more than others.
– People with migraine, particularly frequent or chronic migraine, often worry that these difficulties thinking represent permanent changes in the brain. However, research shows that cognitive dysfunction is reversible and does not last after all the stages of the migraine are over.
– According to a nine-year follow up study funded by the National Institutes of Health. “Women with migraines did not appear to experience a decline in cognitive ability over time compared to those who didn’t have them, the study also showed that women with migraine had a higher likelihood of having brain changes.