Thursday, April 28, 2016

Migraines affect the whole family

A new study from the Montefiore Headache Center of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine (Mayo Clinic Proceedings) says one member with the pain and disability of migraine headaches affects the emotional, social, and financial well-being of the entire family.

The Chronic Migraine Epidemiology and Outcomes Study looked at 4,022 people with migraines, along with their spouses or partners.

--Approx 41% of people with migraine and 23% of the spouses said the migraine sufferer would be a better parent if he or she did not suffer from migraines.

--Half of the migraineurs missed at least one family activity in the past month.

--One-third of the sufferers and 21% of their partners said migraines threatened their long-term financial security.

--The burden was worst among people with chronic migraine--defined as 15 or more headaches a month.

The sufferers see this happening and suffered from guilt, worry, and sadness--in addition to the debilitating pain and workplace issues.

If this affects you, revisit your medical condition--see what new approaches there may be.  Your family is counting on you.

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