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About 20% of women get migraine at one time or another in their life
Migraine Prevalence % Age (years) Males Females Migraine peaks during the most productive time… 30-60 years of age Migraine is disabling – some miss work, school or activities; many have reduced productivity during attacks
If you checked 3 or more of the YES boxes, you have several of the diagnostic criteria for migraine. You should talk to your doctor about diagnosing and treating your headaches. Yes No Symptoms associated with your headaches
Taking acute medication for headache becomes part of an almost daily routine
Should be limited to 1-2 days per week
Medication appears to become less effective so we tend to want to take more of it
Stopping/slowing the medication may result in worsening of headache
Why is it important to see your doctor regularly?
Other problems can arise-or other illnesses
Overuse of medicines
Biological changes in the brain
Migraines can get more difficult to control
Headaches may get worse
Don’t be confused by migraine myths… Myth: Migraine is all in your head… like a psychological disorder… Fact: Migraine is a true biological disorder with clear genetic links and underlying changes in the brain. Myth: Nobody understands my headaches… Fact: Approximately one in four households in the US have at least one migraine sufferer. Myth: Nothing works to treat my headaches… it is hopeless.. Fact: Actually, there are now very sophisticated migraine-specific medications and very effective preventive therapies.