Migraine & Memory Loss

by James on 5 August 2013

Migraine and Memory Loss

Memory loss is one possible symptom of migraine.  It may relate to changes in the cerebral cortex, including the hippocampus, during a migraine attack.

Usually memory loss is temporary.

Transient global amnesia (TGA) and transient anterograde amnesia (TAA), more severe forms lasting a few hours, have been linked to migraine.

Other migraine related cognitive problems:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble remembering/understanding words
  • Inability to recognize faces

Some migraine meds may contribute to memory problems (ie beta-blockers).

Memory loss may be a sign of migraine, stroke, concussion, or another disease – always check with your doctor!  Memory loss in migraine may be treated by treating migraine in general.

Thanks to:  Isoflurane Induces Transient Anterograde Amnesia through Suppression of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor in Hippocampus., Common hippocampal structural and functional changes in migraine., Heal Your Headache, Migraine headaches, Neuroscience in the Courtroom, The Migraine Brain

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JamesandCarol Cole August 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

I knew it!! it happens to me!


Erin Marrash August 6, 2013 at 3:00 am

anything immediately before during and sometimes after a migraine, forget it…


Carrie August 16, 2013 at 3:04 am

Suddenly it’s like the proverbial light bulb has clicked on. I’ve had migraines since forever. I thought mine were vision related and they might very well be but this makes a whole lot of sense too! My doc loves when I give myself a self diagnosis. She says she wont be surprised if one day I come tell her I have a rare prostate disease (I’m female)


Jo January 10, 2014 at 7:14 pm

My memory loss isn’t temporary. Whatever it is completely gone.
The MRI done of my brain showed white lesions or scars caused by my migraines. These scars destroy whatever brain matter they appear on. I can remember some things with such clarity and detail and then absolutely nothing about something else. Recently, I had a medical issue and to have a diagnostic mammogram. The medical office called me to say that I’d just had one in March 2013, was I having a different issue than my annual? I very much was but getting your boobs squished is not something you just totally forget! I made them show me the x-rays before I would believe them. I’ve had other “not quite right moments” like forgetting passwords or where I was driving to but eventually it comes to me. I do take 3 Topomax a night to prevent the migraines. Still have them every few weeks one after the other but not as often as it used to be. I’m just worried about my mind in the future!


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