5 posts tagged “National Migraine Awareness Month”

Migraine & Headache Awareness Month: New insights from a recent study

Posted June 16th, 2016 by

It’s National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, so let’s help spread that awareness by sharing the results of a recent survey that 300 members from the migraine community on PatientsLikeMe took.

For this study, we defined chronic migraine as having had 15 or more headaches in the past month. Here’s what members helped uncover:

High level takeaways:

Some of these high level results might seem obvious, but we first wanted to set a baseline for what the community was experiencing.

  • The more they experience migraines, the more types of symptoms they report and the worse those symptoms are.
  • Also the more they experience migraines, the worse their overall quality of life becomes for things like their ability to be active and their emotional experiences.  
  • Those who experience chronic migraines more often report also living with anxiety disorders.

Symptoms takeaways:

Not surprisingly, you’d expect that if a person is living with migraines, some of the symptoms they’d report would be headaches, nausea and light sensitivity. But what they also shared is that their experiences go beyond these typical symptoms to include:

  • Pain: back pain, muscle and joint pain, muscle spasms
  • Mental: brain fog, problems concentrating, dizziness
  • Fatigue: sleepiness, insomnia, fatigue, exhaustion

Treatment takeaways:

We also wanted to learn more about the treatment types this community is taking to treat migraines and how burdensome they are. Here’s what they shared:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) (e.g. Ibuprofen, Naproxen) and Antimigraine (e.g. sumatriptan, zolmitriptan) are the most reported types of treatments.
  • Most patients report taking their treatment as prescribed with few issues.

 

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Migraine: More than just a headache

Posted June 5th, 2015 by

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, but isn’t a migraine just a bad headache? Nope. People like Cindy McCain (wife of Senator John McCain) and 36 million Americans living with migraines will tell you otherwise. And this month, those 36 million are raising awareness and dispelling the stigma around migraines.

Headaches can have many causes – dehydration, loud noises, and even feelings of stress or anxiety can trigger pain behind our eyes and forehead. So what makes migraines different? They can still be triggered by things like intense light, noise, or certain foods, but migraines are inherited neurological disorders. They can last a long time, sometimes hours.1 Migraines can also be accompanied by auras (a visual or auditory perception that a migraine is about to strike).

The people living with migraines in the US are who inspired Cindy McCain to organize the 36 Million Migraine campaign. Listen to her share her experiences with migraines on The Today Show:

 

 

If you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you’re not alone – over 7,500 people are living with migraines on PatientsLikeMe. Many have shared what triggers their migraines and how they manage the pain – join the community to share your experiences, questions and answers with those who know what you’re going through.

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1 http://www.americanmigrainefoundation.org/about-migraine/