For those who don’t suffer from a migraine, it’s often hard to understand just how debilitating they can be. But living with this headache disorder is no walk in the park. Read on to discover interesting facts about migraines that you may find surprising.
Here are some amazing facts about a migraine, we must know.
- “A migraine” is not synonymous with “a bad headache”.
- It is most common between the ages of 25 and 55.
- It tends to run in families. About 90% of migraine sufferers have a family history of a migraine.
- People who have a migraine are not more stressed out than those without a migraine. If one more person tells me stress is causing my migraines I will scream.
- Head pain is not the only symptom of a migraine. Attacks are often accompanied by one or more of the following disabling symptoms: visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face.
- Painkillers are not a panacea. Medication overuse is the most common reason why an episodic migraine turns chronic.
- It is not over when the most painful phase passes.
- During a migraine, thinking and finding words are difficult, decision-making ability is impaired, and a person can be extremely irritable.
- A migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world. A migraine is the 6th most disabling illness in the world.
- While most sufferers experience attacks once or twice a month, more than 4 million people have the chronic daily migraine, with at least 15 migraine days per month.
- More than 90% of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during their migraine.
- A migraine is an extremely incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms.
- It’s typically a severe throbbing recurring pain, usually on one side of the head. But in about 1/3 of attacks, both sides are affected.
- About 25% of migraine sufferers also have a visual disturbance called an aura, which usually lasts less than an hour.
- In 15-20% of attacks, other neurological symptoms occur before the actual head pain.
- Attacks usually last between 4 and 72 hours. According to the International Headache Society criteria, when a debilitating Migraine attack lasts more than 72 hours, whether it is treated or not, it is termed “status migrainosus.”
- Depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances are common for those with a chronic migraine.
- Before puberty, boys are affected more than girls, but during adolescence, the risk of a migraine and its severity rises in girls.
- More severe and more frequent attacks often result from fluctuations in estrogen levels.
- A migraine often goes undiagnosed in children.
- A child who has one parent with a migraine has a 50% chance of inheriting it, and if both parents have a migraine, the chances rise to 75%.
- Migraine sufferers, like those who suffer from other chronic illnesses, experience the high costs of medical services, too little support, and limited access to quality care.
- Beyond the burden of a migraine attack itself, having migraine increases the risk for other physical and psychiatric conditions.
- Scientists are working on new medications to treat migraines, along with other approaches. These include stimulating nerves near the brain, injections with botulism toxin, and craniosacral therapy, or gentle massaging of the neck, head, and spine. Some of these approaches may make the future brighter for people with chronic, disabling migraines.
- There are people I’ve met who stop eating a certain food for example and experience a dramatic improvement in their migraine condition or complete relief from migraines. But a clinical cure that works for everyone to stop migraines from ever occurring again does not exist.
- The sufferer can’t control the process, It’s a biologic event. But there are some ways to minimize your chance of getting one. Such as a healthy lifestyle, getting regular sleep, hydrating, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight.
- Migraines Are Tied to Menstruation.The hormones that control a woman’s monthly cycle also contribute to migraines. Many women begin experiencing migraines when they have their first period or become pregnant, and they find relief after menopause. And the hormones in oral contraceptives often change the severity and frequency of migraines or cause them to develop in women who haven’t had them before.
- You Can Have a Migraine Without a Headache.If you have aura-like symptoms but no throbbing head pain, this may still be a migraine. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and constipation. Some experts think a range of otherwise unexplained signs—such as fever, dizziness, or pain—could also be headache-free migraines.
Instead of these facts about a migraine here is an important tip for those who are suffering from a migraine. That is keeping a migraine diary.The migraine diary is a record of each a headache you get, and it also includes information about the events that preceded a headache. The diary can help you identify potential headache triggers and monitor the effectiveness of treatments. It can also help your doctor correctly diagnose a migraine or other disorders.
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