National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

The World Health Organization places migraine as one of the 10 most disabling medical illnesses on Earth.2 June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month. This month is dedicated to raising public knowledge, addressing stigma and building a stronger community of patient advocates.4

Migraine Overview

A migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head.3 Some people experience a warning symptom known as an aura that occurs before or with the headache. An aura can cause visual disturbances, difficulty speaking or tingling on one side of the face.3

If untreated, a migraine attack can last from four to 72 hours. How often migraine attacks occur varies from person to person.3

After an attack, people report feeling elated and any sudden head movement may bring on pain again briefly. If you get migraines regularly, it is important to keep a record of your attacks and how you treated them. Having this information on hand will be beneficial if you make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your headaches.3

Migraine Fast Facts2

  1. Migraine impacts over 37 million men, women and children in the United States.
  2. It is estimated that up to 148 million people in the world suffer from chronic migraine.
  3. Migraine is 3x more common in women than men. Migraine affects over 30% of women over a lifetime.
  4. Fewer than 5% have been seen by a health care provider.

Build a Support Network

Migraine is a disabling disease that no one should have to go through alone. It’s essential to build a support network of understanding people who can not only check in on you during an attack but also empathize with your experience. While there are a multitude of online support groups, talk with your friends and family about your experience. They are an invaluable resource to help you get through migraine attacks.5

Common Symptoms

Symptoms for headaches and migraines can differ but some of the most common are:1

  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Eye pain
  • Neck pain
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

Tria Health and Migraines

Tria Health’s Pharmacy Advocate Program offers one-on-one, private consultations with a Tria Health Pharmacist. Your pharmacist will work with you and your doctor(s) to ensure you are getting the intended outcomes from your medications. Over the years, Tria Health has continued to expand our services to include a multitude of chronic conditions, including migraines.

Have any questions?

Contact the Tria Health Help Desk: 1.888.799.8742

Sources:

  1. Migraine Headache Symptoms, Medications, Treatment & Definition (medicinenet.com)
  2. The Facts About Migraine | American Migraine Foundation
  3. Migraine – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic
  4. Migraine & Headache Awareness Month – CHAMP (migraineheadacheawarenessmonth.org)
  5. Why You Need a Migraine Support Network | AMF (americanmigrainefoundation.org)

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