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.
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.
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.
Though Chronic Migraine affects approximately 1.3–2.4% of the population, it's the most common condition seen in headache specialty practices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The World Health Organization conducted a study in 2010 that named the 4 most disabling diseases — and Chronic Migraine made the list.
In studies, Chronic Migraine has been shown to cause a greater burden than episodic migraine (migraines that occur occasionally).
Your Chronic Migraine might be having a bigger impact on your everyday life than you—or your doctor—realize.
It might be time to have a conversation with your doctor. Together, you can talk about your treatment options, and figure out your next step. Start by sending yourself a copy of your results—that way, you’ll have it on hand for your next appointment.
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