This month is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, a time in which we encourage headache and migraine sufferers to seek healthcare advice for proper diagnosis and treatment.
This year, the National Headache Foundation is encouraging people to Wear Purple to Work (@Home). To show your support for the 40 million Americans living with migraine disease and headache disorders, you can share your selfies on social media with the hashtags #MHAM and #MHAM2020.
Migraine and Headache Facts according to the National Headache Foundation:
- The WHO places migraine as one of the 10 most disabling medical illnesses on Earth.
- Fewer than 5% have been seen by a healthcare provider, received an accurate diagnosis, and obtained appropriate care.
- Migraine impacts over 37 million men, women, and children in the United States.
- It’s estimated that up to 148 million people in the world suffer from chronic migraines.
- For more than 90% of those affected, migraine interferes with education, career, or social activities.
- Migraine is the third most common disease in the world.
- 9 out of 10 adults experience a headache at some point in their lives, and about 50 million Americans experience frequent headaches.
- Tension headaches and migraines are often triggered by something, such as weather changes, eating certain foods, or not being able to handle stress effectively.
- 70% of all people living with migraine disease are women.
There are no tests to determine if you are having migraines. Your physician will diagnose migraines by taking your medical history and ruling out other causes for the attacks. Typically, that leads to brain MRI and/or brain CT to determine if there are underlying conditions. These are rare occurrences but the exams are necessary to rule out those instances.
If you think you’re having migraine headaches, please consult your doctor.