About Migraines from American Migraine Foundation

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The Burden of Migraines
• Migraine costs the United States more than $20 billion each year. Costs are attributed to direct medical expenses (e.g. doctor visits, medications) and indirect expenses (e.g. missed work, lost productivity).

• Migraine is disabling. The World Health Organization places migraine as one of the 20 most disabling medical illnesses on the planet.

• Chronic migraine is even more disabling.

• Those with migraine are more likely to have depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, other pain conditions, and fatigue.

• People who have a history of experiencing an aura phase have been shown to be at an increased risk for stroke and heart attack.

Current Migraine Treatments are Inadequate
• There is no cure for migraine. Treatments are aimed at reducing headache frequency and stopping individual headaches when they occur.

• Prophylactic treatments (to reduce headache frequency) may include avoidance of migraine triggers, medications, physical therapies and behavioral therapies.

• Abortive treatments (taken when a patient has a headache) include over-the-counter pain relievers and prescription medications.

• Although prophylactic and abortive treatments help many people with migraine, they are far from perfect. Undoubtedly, better treatments are needed.

• Prophylactic medications reduce headache frequency by 1/2 in only about 40% of patients who take these medications.

• Medication side effects often limit the use of migraine medications.
From http://www.americanmigrainefoundation.org

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