21 Things To Know About Migraines Not Everyone Realizes

17. Half Of All Migraineurs Are Never Diagnosed

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, half of all migraineurs are not diagnosed. This may be in part because in 2015 the amount of federal funds allocated to migraine research amounted to just 50 cents per migraine sufferer. That’s not even enough to buy a cheap cup of coffee.

18. Migraines Can Change Brain Structure

While migraine headaches are rarely a sign of an underlying neurological disorder, they can change the structure of the brain over time, a study published in the journal Neurology reported. One reason this may happen is because of disruption of blood flow to certain areas of the brain during a migraine attack.

19. Overuse Of Migraine Meds Can Cause Rebound Headaches

Migraines and rebound headaches can be a vicious cycle brought on by an overuse of migraine medication, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health reported. “As each dose of medicine wears off, the pain comes back, leading the patient to take even more. This overuse causes your medicine to stop helping your pain and actually start causing headaches.” If you think this is happening to you, see your doctor.

20. Women With Menstrual Migraines Can Also Have Other Types Of Migraines

While menstrual migraines can occur before, during, and after your period, women who have menstrual migraines are also more likely to have migraines during other times of the month, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health.

21. The Cause Of Migraine Headaches Is Unknown

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health noted that the cause of migraine headaches is unknown. Because of this, each patient must work to identify and manage their specific triggers. “A combination of triggers — not a single thing or event — is more likely to set off an attack. A person’s response to triggers also can vary from migraine to migraine.”

If you suspect you have migraines, talk to your doctor. If a friend or loved one has migraines, offer them love and support. Because migraines are real, and they totally suck.

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