Can severe migraine headaches cause a stroke?
I've had migraine headaches for 29 years, but lately they have chaged in intensity and medication response. My husband read somewhere that if a migraine lasts for more than 72 hours it could cause a stroke. Is this true? Lately mine last for 5-7 days at a time. Once it went on for 11 days. It scares me because the healthcare system where I live is terrible.
Migraines can cause a stroke, but that would be extraordinarily rare. If you do not have stroke-like symptoms with your migraines (such as weakness of an arm, leg, or part of your face; or numbness in those same areas) it is very unlikely that you would ever suffer a stroke. That said, if a migraine goes on for a very long time, it can leave a very tiny scar in the brain.
It sounds to me like you need to see a Neurologist or Headache specialist right away. It is worth traveling for this. They can help you tailor a medication regimen, help you avoid headache triggers, and help you break the cycle of your chronic headaches.
Your headaches sound severe and chronic enough that a general Neurologist may refer you to a specific Headache specialist for more thorough care. Headache specialists are located throughout the country, and in most cases, there is one within a few hours drive. Good luck!
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