Recent Study Highlights Migraine’s Impact on Quality of Life
As anyone with migraine can tell you, attacks of headache and other symptoms leave a heavy toll. They can last for hours and onset can be difficult to predict, increasing stress and, as we’ve covered on this blog in the past, the fallout can also severely impact mental health. In sum, living with episodic or chronic migraine severely impacts quality-of-life.
In further investigating the impact of this disease on sufferers, a recent study highlighted some pathways for just how episodic and chronic impact individual lives. The researchers, Drs. Mustaf Ceylan and Ahmet Yalcin, identified specific effects—including disruptions of sleep and ability to concentrate—and identified several other symptoms, including dizziness and vertigo, that are related to the condition. 
A closer look at this study as well as the overall impact of migraine on quality of life will help us get a better sense of just how harmful this disease is.
A Wide Perspective
Drs. Ceylan and Yalcin recruited a 1,080 migraineurs in order to get a solid sense of the impact of their condition. After separating out episodic migraineurs from chronic ones (those that have at least 14 headache days a month), the researchers used questionnaires to assess sleep quality, concentration, as well as other symptoms like vertigo and dizziness.  They then compared prevalence of these issues in their chronic and episodic groups.
The results bore out the researchers’ hypothesis; chronic migraineurs have increased rates of sleep disturbances and problems concentrating. Furthermore, the chronic population was more likely to experience vertigo, dizziness, and the other symptoms.  Unequivocally, then, the worse these cases are, the more likely sufferers will experience cognitive effects. Furthermore, by linking chronic cases with the other symptoms, Drs. Ceylan and Yalcin gained important understanding of the pathways involved in migraine cases.
Clouding Days & Nights
As has been increasingly accepted in the medical community—and as migraineurs can readily attest—taking on migraine means taking on every aspect of the condition. This means that disturbed sleep and lapses of concentration are realities that need to be faced. And what makes things more difficult is the fact that these conditions are intertwined: not only is lack of adequate sleep itself a migraine trigger, but it can affect concentration and other cognitive abilities. 
A vicious cycle emerges, in which the migraine attacks set up the conditions for their own prevalence. If you’re a sufferer, it’s important to be mindful of your symptoms and how you’re affected by them. The more you understand about your migraine case, the better off you’ll be. There’s no doubt that if you’re experiencing sleep disturbances or an inability to concentrate, you should seek out help.
Getting Back to Better
Luckily, this destructive cycle can be broken. There are effective means of taking on migraine, and certainly doctors are learning more and more about the wider fallout from attacks. Research like that of Drs. Ceylan and Yalcin is helping pave the way for even better and more effective treatments. Management of this condition isn’t easy, but, so long as you don’t give up and take an active part in your own treatment, brighter and better days are possible.
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- Ceylan, Mustafa, and Ahmet Yalcin. 2018. “Coexistence Of Symptoms Associated With Trigeminal Pathways In Chronic And Episodic Migraine And The Effects On Quality Of Life”. Pain Medicine. Oxford University Press (OUP). doi:10.1093/pm/pny118.
- Rains, Jeanatta. 2018. “Sleep | American Migraine Foundation”. American Migraine Foundation. Accessed October 23 2018. https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/understanding-migraine/sleep/.