21 Things To Know About Migraines Not Everyone Realizes

11. Migraineurs Can Be Stigmatized As Lazy

Research published in the journal PLOS ONE found that there is a significant stigma surrounding chronic migraine headaches. Because migraine headaches are an invisible disease, sufferers’ pain is often dismissed by those who have never experienced it. The stigma is particularly high for people with chronic migraines who often miss work. They may be labeled as lazy when they’re actually in extreme pain.

12. Migraines Are The Third Most Common Disease In The World

Because many people suffer in silence, you might not know that migraine headaches are the third most common disease in the world, according to facts and figures from the Migraine Trust. In fact, migraine is more common than diabetes, epilepsy, and asthma combined.

13. Migraine Headaches Take An Emotional Toll

As with all chronic pain conditions, living with migraine headaches, and the constant fear of having a migraine, can take a toll on mental health. Harvard Medical School reported that a study presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting found that migraineurs are 41 percent more likely to experience depression than those without migraines.

14. Regular Pain Medications Don’t Work For Migraines

When someone says they have a migraine, they may be offered an OTC pain reliever by a well-meaning person. These types of meds are as effective as breath mints for dulling migraine pain. Most migraineurs under the care of a doctor take either a preventative medication, a rescue medication, or both. However, rescue meds only work if they are taken at the first sign of a migraine. If this window is missed the pain might warrant a trip to urgent care.

15. The Effects Of A Single Migraine Can Last For Days

As if experiencing a migraine weren’t bad enough, the recovery stage (postdrome stage) can last for days, even after the pain subsides. The Migraine Trust describes this as a hangover-type feeling that can include exhaustion and appetite changes.

16. Sex Can Relieve Migraine Symptoms For Some People

The last thing you probably want to do when it feels like someone is hitting the back of your eye with an ice pick is have sex. However, sex has been found to relieve migraine symptoms for some people, Live Science reported.

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