How much is Chronic Migraine impacting you?

WHAT CAUSES CHRONIC MIGRAINE

While no one knows exactly what causes migraines, there are certain things—lights, sounds, foods, and personal habits—that can trigger them. Triggers are different for everyone, and they can change over time. The good news? Knowing your triggers, and avoiding common ones, can be a way to help reduce the likelihood of headache days.

COMMON MIGRAINE TRIGGERS

  • Food, drink
    & caffeine

    Missed meals, caffeine withdrawal, and alcohol consumption are all known to be migraine triggers.

  • Changes in
    weather

    Weather—changes in humidity, temperature, and air pressure—is one of the most common migraine triggers, and one of the hardest to control.

  • Changes in sleep

    Changes in sleeping habits—whether you’re sleeping too much or not enough—can trigger migraines.

  • Anxiety & stress

    Migraines can occur during a period of anxiety or stress—but can also appear once the stress reduces and you’re more relaxed.

MIGRAINES CAN BE GENETIC.

Studies suggest that half the risk for migraine comes from our genes. If a parent has migraine, their children are more likely to suffer from migraines.

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CHRONIC MIGRAINE AND YOU:
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You tend to power through your migraine pain and headache days. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself: just how much is it impacting me? If you add up the days and think about the severity and frequency of your headaches and migraines, it might be more than you think.


Chronic Migraine doesn’t have to derail you.
9 questions. 9 ways to find out just how much of an impact Chronic Migraine is having on you and those around you.

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By definition, people living with Chronic Migraine spend at least half of each month (more headache days than not!) living with debilitating headache days, including migraines.

In the last month, how many headache‑free days did you have (without the help of medication)?

If you don’t remember the exact number of days, give the best answer you can.

Headache-free days without medication refers to days when you were headache-free for the full day, and did not take any medication.

DID YOU KNOW

Though Chronic Migraine affects approximately 1.3–2.4% of the population, it's the most common condition seen in headache specialty practices.

In the last month, when you have had headaches or migraines, how often was the pain moderate or severe?

DID YOU KNOW!

In a study of 520 Chronic Migraine patients, 82% took one or more over-the-counter medications to treat their headaches and migraines. They were taken on average 15 days a month, with anti-inflammatory oral medications being the most common.

In the last month, how many days did you use acute medication to treat your headaches and migraines?
Acute medications = medications you took once the headaches began—not anything you took to prevent the headaches before they started.

DID YOU KNOW

People with Chronic Migraine are more likely to be unable to perform the functions required of them at their job, and less likely to be employed full time than people who have migraines less frequently.

How many days were you less productive at work and/or school because of your headaches or migraines?

DID YOU KNOW

Over a 3-month period, people with Chronic Migraine miss an average of 63 days of work, school, and time with family—including time that was less productive at home and at the office.

In the last month, how many days did you miss family, social, or leisure activities because of your headaches or migraines?

DID YOU KNOW

Chronic Migraine affects many more women than it does men. Studies indicate that Chronic Migraine is almost 3 times more common in women than in men.

How often do you worry that your headaches and migraines will have an effect on making plans with friends or family (due to canceled plans or reduced time with them)?

DID YOU KNOW

In a recent study, some people with Chronic Migraine said that they hadn't been able to participate in their family vacation due to headache in the past year, and others canceled or missed their family vacation altogether.

In the last month, how often did your headaches and migraines interfere with making plans?

DID YOU KNOW

The World Health Organization conducted a study in 2010 that named the 4 most disabling diseases — and Chronic Migraine made the list.

In the last month, how often did you worry about making plans because of your headaches and migraines?

DID YOU KNOW

In studies, Chronic Migraine has been shown to cause a greater burden than episodic migraine (migraines that occur occasionally).

In the last month, how many times did you have to cancel plans because of your headaches and migraines?
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CHRONIC MIGRAINE AND YOU: SEE THE IMPACT

Your Chronic Migraine might be having a bigger impact on your everyday life than you—or your doctor—realize.

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