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Facts and Statistics for Migraine and Headache Disorders

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In honor of Migraine and Headache Awareness month, here are some facts about migraine, cluster headache, new daily persistent headache, and headache disorders in general.

  • 91% of people with migraine cannot work or function normally during an attack. 53% are severely impaired and often require bedrest. (Lipton, et al, Headache, 2001)
  • 54% of people with migraine have at least one attack each month. 13% have one or more more attacks each week. (Steiner et al, Cephalalgia, 2003)
  • $31 billion is a conservative estimate of the economic cost from headache disorders in the U.S. each year (Schwedt et al, Headache 2009)
  • Up to 4% of adults worldwide have a headache or migraine on 15 or more days each month. (World Health Organization, headache fact sheet, 2012)
  • 55% of people with cluster headache experience suicidal ideation. (Rozen & Fishman, Headache, 2012)
  • 5.2 million emergency room visits each year are due to headache. (Vinson, Annals of Emergency Medicine, 2002)
  • Tension-type headache is the 2nd most common illness worldwide. Migraine is 3rd. (Steiner et al, Cephalalgia, 2003)
  • People with new daily persistent headache often remember the date or circumstance when the headache began. In one study, 82% knew the exact day the headache started. (Li & Rozen, Cephalalgia, 2002)
  • Migraine is the 7th highest cause of disability worldwide. It is by far the most disabling neurological condition. (Steiner et al, Cephalalgia, 2013)
  • In years of healthy life lost to disability, migraine is in the top 20 of all diseases. (World Health Organization, The World Health Report 2001)
  • A comprehensive World Health Organization study found that severe, continuous migraine is as disabling as quadriplegia, dementia, and active psychosis (Shapiro & Goadsby, Cephalalgia, September 2007)
  • It takes an average of more than five years for people with cluster headache to get an accurate diagnosis. (Rozen & Fishman, Headache, 2012)
  • Migraine is the 7th highest cause of disability worldwide. It is by far the most disabling neurological condition. (Steiner et al, Cephalalgia, 2003)

 
 
 
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