What problems in the brain can cause migraines?
You might have a physical or structural abnormality in the brain that causes your headache, such as:
- Brain abscess (infection of the brain)
- Hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain)
- Bacterial or viral meningitis (infection or inflammation of the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord)
- Pseudotumor cerebri (increased intracranial pressure)
- Hydrocephalus (abnormal buildup of fluid in the brain)
- Infection of the brain like meningitis or Lyme disease
- Encephalitis (inflammation and swelling of the brain)
- Blood clots
- Head trauma
- Sinus blockage or disease
- Blood vessel abnormalities
- Aneurysm (a bubble in the wall of a blood vessel that can leak or rupture)
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.