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Thoughts? Could really bad headaches cause temporary memory loss?

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Dr. Clemens Schirmer
Radiology - Interventional
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In brief: Underlying condition

There is probably no causal relationship but it is important to ensure that they are not both part of the same underlying condition.
For example migraines can - if affecting certain intracranial vessels - cause memory loss along with the headaches. There are some other less likely conditions e.g. A tumor that could explain this but a more detailed examination by your doctor will clear things up.

In brief: Underlying condition

There is probably no causal relationship but it is important to ensure that they are not both part of the same underlying condition.
For example migraines can - if affecting certain intracranial vessels - cause memory loss along with the headaches. There are some other less likely conditions e.g. A tumor that could explain this but a more detailed examination by your doctor will clear things up.
Dr. Clemens Schirmer
Dr. Clemens Schirmer
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In brief: Perhaps

Some patients with complex or classical migraine episodes may have a transient challenge with "dysphrenia hemicrania transitoria", fully reversible but lasting on occasion up to 30-40 minutes.
Some others may find the pain so intense that it is indeed distracting, preventing focus and concentration. If this is you, get onto a preventative and feel better.

In brief: Perhaps

Some patients with complex or classical migraine episodes may have a transient challenge with "dysphrenia hemicrania transitoria", fully reversible but lasting on occasion up to 30-40 minutes.
Some others may find the pain so intense that it is indeed distracting, preventing focus and concentration. If this is you, get onto a preventative and feel better.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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