A migraine (UK: / ˈ m iː ɡ r eɪ n /, US: / ˈ m aɪ-/) is a primary headache disorder characterized by recurrent headaches that are moderate to severe. Typically, episodes affect one side of the head, are pulsating in nature, and last from a few hours to three days. Associated symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, or smell. The pain is generally made worse ...
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Over 39 million people in the United States suffer from migraines. Worldwide, the number climbs to over 1 billion. Many don’t realize that a migraine isn’t just a “headache”, but is a neurological disease, which affects people of all ages regardless of gender.
The following is sourced from the Migraine Research Foundation, which is an organization a migraine sufferer should support.
Migraine is a public health issue with serious social and economic consequences and healthcare and lost productivity costs associated with migraine are estimated to be as high as $36 billion annually in the U.S.
In 2015, the medical cost of treating chronic migraine was more than $5.4 billion, however, these sufferers spent over $41 billion on treating their entire range of conditions.
In 2018, there are about 500 certified headache specialists in the U.S. and 39 million sufferers.
In spite of the vast prevalence of
Migralepsy is a rare condition in which a migraine is followed, within an hour period, by an epileptic seizure. Because of the similarities in signs, symptoms, and treatments of both conditions, such as the neurological basis, the psychological issues, and the autonomic distress that is created from them, they individually increase the likelihood of causing the other.
The cost to the wider economy is even higher, with around £4.4 billion a year lost to three million migraine-related sick days. In response, the NHS is rolling out a new toolkit to help local health groups understand the scale of the problem in their area and roll out tried and tested solutions which improve services for patients, and free up ...