Understanding Their Differences
What Are Migraines?
Migraine is a condition that can negatively affect a sufferer’s life on many levels such as physical, mental and biosocial aspects. It is a condition with a range of neurobiological disorders. This condition often commences at puberty and mostly affects those aged between 35 and 45 years. It can however affect children and infants, as well as the elderly 1. According to the Migraine and Headache Australia Organisation, 4 out 5 with chronic migraineurs are mis-diagnosed or mis-treated in Australia. As there are approximately 300 different types of headache conditions, it is important that your migraine is correctly diagnosed in order to receive the appropriate treatment.
Migraine alone is the third most common disease in the world with an estimated worldwide prevalence of 14.7%. Research indicates approximately 1 in 7 people will suffer from a migraine 2. Due to the high prevalence, this condition is more common than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined 3. It is also more common in females and affects women three-times more than men 4. Reports indicate that for every 1 million people of the general population, there are 3,000 migraine attacks occurring everyday 5. This equates to approximately 78,000 migraine attacks everyday in Australia.
In Australia alone there is an estimated 4.9 million migraine sufferers 6,7 which is directly and indirectly
costing Australia $35.7 billion per annum 6.
If you suffer from migraines, it is important that you seek expert advice in order to receive the correct diagnosis and best treatment option.