Migraine, Depression & Brain Size
Patients that suffer with both depression and migraine may have smaller brains. It has been shown that patients with migraine have an increase incidence of depression. A new study published by Larus S. Gudmundsson, PhD, revealed that patients with both depression and migraine have smaller brains. 37 patients having both conditions underwent MRI and smaller brain volumes were observed in this group when compared to other patients.
MRI was only done once, therefore, it will be helpful to more fully explore when these changes evolve in the brain. Future studies can also elucidate why the brain is altered in patients with both migraine and depression. We are continuously evaluating new way of approaching and treating patients at our northshore pain clinic.