“Migraines Have Become A Big Headache”
About 25 percent of households in the U.S. have at least one person who suffers from migraine headaches. Migraines strike about 12% or 38 million men, women and children each year in the U.S. and 1 billion people worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks migraines as the 19th most common reason for disability worldwide. Migraines are now the third most prevalent illness in the world but we are still struggling to find the causes and the cures. Sufferers are usually between the ages of 35-55 years old. Migraines are not just bad headaches but are a neurological disorder, characterized by recurring headaches and considered to be the most common disorder of the nervous system. Migraine attacks may last from a couple of hours to up to three days and are often aggravated by physical activity. Associated symptoms that may accompany a migraine headache include nausea, visual disturbances, dizziness, numbness in your extremities or face, and extreme sensitivity to light, sound, smell and touch. They are more common in women than men and are characterized by recurring attacks of moderate to severe intensity, many times occurring only on one side of your head.