June 1, 2022 marks the start of National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month (#MHAM), a time to raise awareness about migraines and other headache disorders. Considered some of the most common disorders of the nervous system by World Health Organization (WHO), migraines, headaches and related disorders are underestimated, under-recognized and under-treated throughout the world.
Just how prevalent are migraines and headaches? Here are some numbers from the National Headache Foundation and WHO:
- Migraine impacts 40 million people in the United States, and one billion people across the globe (National Headache Foundation)
- Migraines are recognized as the #2 cause of disability worldwide. Currently, about 16 million people with migraines in the U.S. are undiagnosed. (National Headache Foundation)
- Approximately 400,000 Americans experience cluster headaches. (National Headache Foundation)
- One in 7 adults worldwide has migraines. (WHO)
- Migraines are three times more common in women than men. (WHO)
- More than half of the adult population had at least one headache in the last year. (WHO)
An immense impact on society
Unfortunately, headaches and migraines can sideline people from working, engaging with family and friends and completing daily activities. Yet, many people do not recognize the immense impact it has on society (American Migraine Foundation).
That’s why the theme for Migraine & Headache Awareness Month is “Advocate for Treatment Access.” The goal of the theme is to help break down barriers between patients and treatments. This includes ensuring that migraine and headache sufferers have access to professional medical care and treatment options that work for them.
Comprehensive Pain & Neurology Center is proud to serve and advocate for patients who suffer from migraines and headache disorders. With our comprehensive approach to pain management, we can offer medication and treatment options to find the right solution for your situation.
Learn more about our headache and migraine specialists, clinic founder Dr. John Schneider and nurse practitioner Kelly Jackson, DNP, MSN, AGACNP-BC, and our approach to care.