Facts and statistics are always helpful, whether we're working to understand Migraine ourselves or to educate others and raise awareness.


Here are some key facts and stats for you:


  • Based on current United States census figures, more than 37 million Americans live with Migraine disease.
  • Of that population, approximately 3.2 million live with chronic Migraine.
  • Four percent of Americans have headache pain more days than not.
  • Migraine is a genetic neurological disease.
  • Migraine can strike at any age — from preverbal children to the elderly.
  • Studies have shown that more than 90% of what people think are sinus headaches are really Migraines.
  • A Migraine is NOT a Headache. Headache can be one SYMPTOM of a Migraine attack.
  • Migraine is the 12th most disabling disease or disorder in the United States.
  • Suicide attempts are three times more likely among people who have Migraine with aura than among people who do not have Migraine.


According to a World Health Organization (WHO) Analysis:


  • Migraine is responsible for at least one percent of the total United States disability burden.
  • A severe Migraine attack is as debilitating as quadriplegia.
  • One-half to three-quarters of the world's adults aged 18 to 65 have experienced a headache or Migraine in the past year.
  • Lack of knowledge among health care providers is the principal clinical barrier to effective headache management. This problem begins in medical schools where there is limited teaching on the subject, a consequence of the low priority accorded to it.
  • Worldwide, formal undergraduate medical training included just four hours about headache and Migraine; specialist training included 10 hours.
  • "Headache and migraine disorders are greatly underrated and underreported by health systems and receive too little attention... Headaches can be debilitating for many people, rendering them unable to work. During migraine attacks, 90 percent of people postpone household chores, almost three-quarters have limited ability to work and half of them miss work entirely... Governments must take the issue more seriously, train health personnel in headache disorder diagnosis and treatment, and ensure appropriate medication is available and used properly."




last updated September 21, 2015


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