What is a Migraine?
If you suffer from migraine headaches, you’re not alone.
Migraine headaches are a common – but complex – condition
Despite its prevalence, migraine is a complex illness that affects people in very different ways. You may get migraine headaches once or twice a week, or once or twice a year.3 Untreated migraine attacks can last several hours, or a few days.4
Migraine headaches can strike at any time of day, although they often occur in the morning. While migraine headaches are almost three times more common among women, 6% of men suffer from them.2
The factors that trigger migraines vary widely from person to person, and the headaches can be accompanied by a variety of migraine symptoms.2,3 But one thing almost all migraine sufferers share is the experience of migraine pain.
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1. American Migraine Foundation. Migraine-Who Does it Affect? Available at: http://www.americanmigrainefoundation.org/whatismigraine.aspx Last accessed July 2011.
2. National Headache Foundation. Migraine Prevention Summit Proceedings. Prevalence and Impact of Migraine. AMPP Study Results. Available at: http://www.headaches.org/pdf/Monograph12.pdf. Last accessed July 2011.
3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Migraine Fact Sheet. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/migraine.cfm Last accessed July 2011.
4. National Headache Foundation. Migraine Prevention Summit Proceedings. Prevalence and Impact of Migraine. AMPP Study Results. Available at: http://www.headaches.org/pdf/Monograph12.pdf. Last accessed July 2011.