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Migraine 101

Question:

How often do migraines occur?

Expert:   Lawrence C. Newman, MD, Director, The Headache Institute, Roosevelt Hospital Center »

There's really no such thing as "normal" when it comes to migraines. Some people get hit a few times a year, while others are stricken with the pain a few times a week. Watch this to get the details.

Transcript: Having a migraine is torturous enough for those who suffer a few times a YEAR, but there are people who get them once or twice A WEEK or more. On average, though, a person will have migraine headaches less than 3 times per month. Most people have episodic migraines—with intervals of various lengths between attacks. But, about 3 percent of the US population has CHRONIC migraine, which is technically defined as having at least 15 days of headache each month for at least 3 months. Many women find that their attacks coincide with their periods, but migraines are triggered in BOTH sexes by a variety of factors, such as stress, different foods and drinks, altered sleep patterns, weather changes, and more. Since migraine attacks can last anywhere from four to 72 hours, they can make life very difficult. About 88 hours of work are lost per year, per migraine sufferer. Recent breakthroughs in treatment do offer substantial relief, so if you have frequent migraines, talk to your doctor about your options. More »

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