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Migraine Facts

Compiled by Gayathri | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team on Apr 02, 2014

Migraine is a headache disorder that leads to not only severe pain but also disability. Migraine sufferers have recurrent attacks of life long headaches. The frequency of attacks can be anywhere between once a year and once a week and can last for hours or persist for 2 to 3 days. The warning symptom of migraine is called aura, which arises before the headache begins. It is believed to be caused by the release of ‘pain-producing inflammatory substances’ around the nerves and blood vessels of the brain and this leads to the excruciating headaches.

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Key Facts About Migraine

  1. Migraine is one of the top 20 causes of disability among adults of all age groups.
  2. Women sufferers account for 70% of all people with migraine.
  3. Almost 70% have a family history of migraine. If one parent suffers from migraine, there is a 40% chance of the child suffering from migraine. If both parents suffer, the chance rises to 90%.
  4. Migraine most often begins at puberty and affects those usually between the ages of 35 and 45 years.
  5. In UK, every day 190,000 migraine attacks are estimated.
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  1. Because of migraine, 25 million days are lost from work or school and 91% miss work or can’t function normally during migraine attack. It is estimated in a study that $5.6 billion to $17.2 billion is lost in productivity per year because of missed work in the USA alone and the average migraine sufferer misses two days of work per year
  2. Depression is 3 times more common in people with migraine or severe headaches than in healthy individuals.
  3. 47% of people who were diagnosed with migraines had reports that showed they had a tension headache, sinus headache or another type of headache.
  4. Almost 69% of patients seek consultation with a physician at some time seeking treatment for migraine pain.
  5. Migraine is the least publicly funded when compared to all neurological illnesses relative to its economic condition.
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References:

  1. http://www.migrainetrust.org/key-statistics
  2. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000709.htm
  3. http://www.migraineresearchfoundation.org/fact-sheet.html
  4. http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/migraine.html

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