Migraine is a complex neurological condition which is classified by the World Health Organisation as the 7th most disabling disease worldwide, the 4th for women. Global Burden of Disease Study 2013. Vos et al. The Lancet, Volume 386, Issue 9995, Pages 743 – 800, 22 August 2015
Migraine is the most common neurological condition in the world, affecting about 12 – 15% of people. It is three times more common in women than it is in men and is usually inherited. It is a very individual condition. Some people experience only one or two attacks per year while others suffer on a weekly basis. An attack can last from 4 to 72 hours.
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Data suggests that between 12-15% of Irish people suffer from migraine – this means that roughly half a million people suffer from migraine in Ireland. It is estimated that migraine costs Irish businesses €252 million every year as a result of lost productivity with the average migraineur missing between 1.5 and 4.5 days from work annually. Despite these staggering figures migraine remains a misunderstood and under managed condition.
All age groups suffer. Children as young as twelve months have been diagnosed. Three times more women than men suffer mainly due to hormonal changes. People who are subject to migraine come in a large variety of shapes, ages, temperaments and personalities. Migraine is hereditary in approximately 60% of cases.
Migraine Not Just Another Headache
A Self Help and Information
Book for Migraine Sufferers
Written by experts, this book describes the role of the GP, nurse, pharmacist, pediatricians, physiotherapist and psychologist in the treatment of migraine. It advises about the management of migraine in the home, at school, in the sports centre and workplace. It gives crucial information from neurology and from specialist migraine clinics about pain management, migraine in children and adolescents, and the legislation to support people in educational and employment contexts.
A book that should be read and shared with family, friends, colleagues or anyone who would welcome the understanding that migraine is not just a headache.
Half of the people with migraine experience the symptoms of an attack at least once a month; but some are affected far more often, so that the average frequency across the UK is 24 days per year. Migraine is more prevalent than asthma, diabetes and epilepsy combined. 13,000 attacks in Ireland every day (taken from the 190,000 figure for UK)
Short Term Abscence
Migraine/chronic headache was found to be the second most frequently identified cause of short-term absence (47%) for non-manual employees.
Despite the devastating impact of migraine, employed respondents shared that although the majority of their employers (63%) knew about their migraine, only 18% offered support
(My Migraine Voice Survey: Novartis and the European Migraine and Headache Alliance (EMHA), June 2018)