For those who suffer from headaches and migraines, they know exactly how debilitating the symptoms can be. Migraines are known for being high in intensity, lasting up to a few days and including a wide range of neurological and systemic symptoms. Given how horrible they can feel, it is of no surprise that our patients feel like their condition could be fatal. Can they? The short answer is no.
What Do We Know?
Migraines, as a rule, are not fatal. In many large studies, there has been no evidence to suggest that migraines themselves have led to death. However, in large population studies, there has been a link to die from other co-morbidities, like; stroke, cardio-vascular disease, depression and anxiety. Whether there is a causative link between these factors, is not yet known!
What Should I Be Looking Out For?
While migraine related fatalities are very rare, there are a few things to look out for to make sure that you aren’t experiencing a more fatal condition, masking as a migraine, or having more serious symptoms than usual. You should seek medical attention, if:
- You have developed a new migraine or new symptoms, over the age of 50.
- You have newly developed severe vomiting as a symptom.
- Your migraines have started after a recent trauma, such as a car accident.
- Your headaches are worsened considerably by lying down.
What Should I Do Next?
While this is not an exhaustive list of potentially sinister symptoms, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms or are generally concerned, we advise that you consult with a medical professional. If you would like to discuss your symptoms, give Gold Coast Headache & Migraine Clinic a call on 1800 43 23 22, or book online at goldcoastmigraine.com.au.