Migraines are: Real. Devastating. Widespread. And extremely under-appreciated.
June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, and we at the Migraine Treatment Centers of America would like to raise our purple ribbon alongside all the other great organizations and individuals who appreciate the importance of this cause.
If you would like to show your support, consider downloading the .pdf on this page. It features the purple ribbon that is the logo of the month and reads: “I support Migraine Awareness Month for ____________.” The blank space is for you to fill in however you like.
Maybe you support Migraine Month for a friend, a family member, yourself. Maybe you support it because it’s the right thing to do. Simply take a picture of yourself with your sign and post it to our Facebook page. Our hope is that by putting faces and reasons to the cause, others will give migraines—and the efforts to treat them—the seriousness they deserve. Also, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with hashtag #MigraineMonth. We’ll be posting Migraine news, research, and encouragement all month.
Migraines are Real. Migraines fit into the broader category of chronic pain, the “invisible” disorders and diseases that are thought to affect 100 million Americans per year. But of course chronic pain is not invisible. The empty seat in your office…the darkened bedroom on a sunny day…the empty bottles of painkillers…these are the visible manifestations of chronic pain.
Migraines are Devastating. If you are a migraineur, you know. If you love a migraineur, you also know. If you do not have firsthand experience of a migraine, imagine an ice pick in your brain that you cannot remove. Imagine that this pain is accompanied by—or a result of—neurological and physical symptoms including dizziness, vomiting, and distorted eyesight. Now imagine that that ice pick stabs you fifteen or more days a month. How do you work? How do you play? How do you spend time with your family?
Migraines are Widespread. Current estimates hold that 28 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraines. To put this another way, one in 4 households include someone with a migraine. Migraine-related healthcare costs are estimated to be more than 70% higher than healthcare costs for families that are not affected by migraines. While migraine tends to strike in the adult years, a whopping 10% of school-age children suffer from it. Migraine is, indeed, the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world.
But here’s the kicker… According to the American Migraine Foundation, less than 1/20th of 1% of the National Institutes of Health budget is allocated to migraine research. This equals about 55 cents per migraine sufferer, or $20 million a year. A simple internet search of the funds allocated to study and relieve other debilitating conditions may put into perspective what a pittance this is.
This is why spreading awareness is so important. The Migraine Treatment Centers of America would love to show strong support for the migraine community from our followers and friends, so click the download button, add why you support migraine research, and snap a picture.
If that idea is not up your alley, do something. Every little bit of light makes migraines and migraine sufferers less invisible.
1. The American Academy of Pain Medicine. “AAPM Facts and Figures on Pain.” http://www.painmed.org/patientcenter/facts_on_pain.aspx
2. Migraine Research Foundation. Raising Money for Migraine Research. https://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/
3. American Migraine Foundation. Why We Need More Funding for Migraine Research. http://www.americanmigrainefoundation.org/resources-and-links/why-we-need-more-funding-for-migraine-research/