9 Shocking Facts About Migraines

Migraines are so common, you may be surprised to learn how far lone you are if you suffer from them. Even if you just know someone who is battling migraines, these facts can help you to understand the condition better and be more supportive. In the end, we will discuss a natural way that some are finding migraine relief, but first, let’s look at some of the facts about migraines.

Fact 1 – 12% of People Get Migraines

Let’s break down what this fact means. First of all, it makes migraines number 3 on the list of the world’s most common ailments. Second, it means that in the US about 1 in every 4 households has a migraine sufferer. Plus, you will notice that the statistic says people and not adults. That’s right- about 10% of kids have migraines.

Fact 2 – Migraine Is a Leading Cause of Disability

Migraines are more than just a minor annoyance. 9 in 10 patients are unable to carry out normal activities or work during an attack. Severe migraines that occur frequently can become debilitating. In fact, migraine is number 6 on the leading cause of disability list. More than a million people head to the ER for migraines each year.

Fact 3 – It’s Not a Headache

A headache is a symptom of a migraine. Migraines are a neurological condition and often present with other symptoms like nausea and vomiting, sensory sensitivity, and throbbing head pain that may grow worse with activity.

Fact 4 – Migraines May Occur in Phases

Other symptoms may occur before a migraine begins or after it ends. For example, about 1 in 4 migraine patients experience aura about 20-30 minutes before the migraine. This usually consists of visual symptoms. Other pre-migraine symptoms may include food cravings and neck pain. After the migraine, some people experience what is termed a migraine hangover. Exhaustion and other symptoms may require a day of rest just to recover from the migraine.

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