Migraine headache sufferers can tell you that having a migraine is no fun and can be debilitating. However, there’s more to it than just a splitting pain in the head—having migraines regularly can actually raise other health risks, according to Prevention magazine.
Having migraines can increase your chances of experiencing certain physical and ailments that are more than just a headache. Here are six health issues that have been tied to migraines. Checking with your doctor for assistance with migraine management is never a bad idea.
1. Bell’s Palsy
Bell’s Palsy is a neurological disorder that affects the face and ability to speak, known by its characteristic droop on one side of the mouth area. The American Migraine Foundation has warned migraine sufferers that this condition is more likely to occur in major headache sufferers.
A study detailed by the foundation notes that after looking at health records of more than 130,000 patients, it found that migraine sufferers were twice as likely as others to also have Bell’s Palsy. The underlying link is not known, said the foundation, which added that the neurological disorder could also cause pain near the ear and loss of the sense of taste. The “good” news is that Bell’s Palsy is usually temporary.