Basic Summary for Migraine


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Main name of condition: Migraine
Other names or spellings: migraine headache, bilious headache, blind headache


What is Migraine?
  Brief description of Migraine: Chronic recurring headaches with or without a preceding aura.
  Parent types of Migraine: Headache, Pregnancy-related conditions, Head Conditions
  Organs Affected by Migraine: head
  Types of Migraine: Classic migraine, Common migraine, Menstrual migraine, Hemiplegic migraine, Ophthalmoplegic migraine, Basilar artery migraine, Benign exertional headache, Status migrainosus, Headache-free migraine, Abdominal migraine
How many people get Migraine?
  Prevalance of Migraine: 28 million Americans (NINDS)
  Prevalance Rate of Migraine: approx 1 in 9 or 10.29% or 28 million people in USA [about data]
  Undiagnosed prevalence of Migraine: 14 million undiagnosed
  Undiagnosed prevalence rate of Migraine: approx 1 in 19 or 5.15% or 14 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Migraine: Migraine headaches affect 28 million Americans, 75 percent of whom roughly 21 million people are women.1 ... 20 million women in the U.S. suffer from headaches; 9 million of whom suffer debilitating migraines.2
Who gets Migraine?
  Patient Profile for Migraine: Adults and teens
  Profile for Migraine: Both sexes may develop migraine in infancy, but most often the disorder begins between the ages of 5 and 35.3
  Gender Profile for Migraine: Women are 75% of cases
  Gender Profile for Migraine: Although both males and females seem to be equally affected by migraine, the condition is more common in adult women.3
What causes Migraine?
  Causes of Migraine: see causes of Migraine
  Risk factors for Migraine: see risk factors for Migraine
What are the symptoms of Migraine?
  Symptoms of Migraine: see symptoms of Migraine
Can anyone else get Migraine?
  Inheritance: see inheritance of Migraine
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Migraine: see treatments for Migraine
  Prevention of Migraine: see prevention of Migraine
Society issues for Migraine
  Costs of Migraine: $13 billion in missed work or reduced productivity annually (NINDS)
  Costs of Migraine: Migraine, however, can cause significant disability and costs the American taxpayers $13 billion in missed work or reduced productivity annually. 1
  Hospitalization statistics for Migraine: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Migraine:
  • 0.72% (92,012) of hospital episodes were for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 82% of hospital consultations for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 53% of hospital episodes for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 47% of hospital episodes for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 73% of hospital admissions for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 5.1 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 day was the median length of stay in hospitals for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 47% of hospitalisations for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 20% of hospitalisations for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospitalisations for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.68% (356,636) of hospital bed days were for Epilepsy, migraine and other episodic disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.001% (86) of hospital consultant episodes were for common migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 29% of hospital consultant episodes for common migraine required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 71% of hospital consultant episodes for common migraine were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 91% of hospital consultant episodes for common migraine were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1.7% of hospital consultant episodes for common migraine required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for common migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 32 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for common migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 78 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for common migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for common migraine occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for common migraine occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 164% of hospital consultant episodes for common migraine were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0003% (164) of hospital bed days were for common migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.006% (708) of hospital consultant episodes were for classical migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 86% of hospital consultant episodes for classical migraine required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 29% of hospital consultant episodes for classical migraine were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 71% of hospital consultant episodes for classical migraine were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 91% of hospital consultant episodes for classical migraine required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2.9 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for classical migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for classical migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for classical migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 78% of hospital consultant episodes for classical migraine occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for classical migraine occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for classical migraine were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.003% (1,589) of hospital bed days were for classical migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0002% (20) of hospital consultant episodes were for status migrainosus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 86% of hospital consultant episodes for status migrainosus required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 29% of hospital consultant episodes for status migrainosus were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 71% of hospital consultant episodes for status migrainosus were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 91% of hospital consultant episodes for status migrainosus required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for status migrainosus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for status migrainosus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 35 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for status migrainosus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 78% of hospital consultant episodes for status migrainosus occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for status migrainosus occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for status migrainosus were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0001% (67) of hospital bed days were for status migrainosus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0005% (59) of hospital consultant episodes were for complicated migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 86% of hospital consultant episodes for complicated migraine required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 29% of hospital consultant episodes for complicated migraine were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 71% of hospital consultant episodes for complicated migraine were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 91% of hospital consultant episodes for complicated migraine required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2.8 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for complicated migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for complicated migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 33 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for complicated migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 78% of hospital consultant episodes for complicated migraine occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for complicated migraine occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for complicated migraine were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0003% (135) of hospital bed days were for complicated migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.053% (6,754) of hospital consultant episodes were for unspecified migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 86% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified migraine required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 29% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified migraine were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 71% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified migraine were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 91% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified migraine required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for unspecified migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for unspecified migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 36 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for unspecified migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 78% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified migraine occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified migraine occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospital consultant episodes for unspecified migraine were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.021% (11,099) of hospital bed days were for unspecified migraine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)

  Work Days Lost for Migraine: Migraine victims alone lose over 157 million workdays because of headache pain.3

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Migraine Update: NINDS
2. excerpt from MIGRAINE HEADACHES: NWHIC
3. excerpt from Headache - Hope Through Research: NINDS

Last revision: June 2, 2003

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