National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

Welcome to National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month. Here at, we want to take time every single day this month to help our community raise awareness about migraine. To that end, we will be sharing one important fact per day about the condition. To help spread awareness with us, please feel free to share, tweet, and/or comment on any or all of these 30 topics.

Today – the first day of National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month – we are sharing this list in its entirety. Be sure to keep an eye out for the post of the day on Facebook and Twitter as a simple way to spread the word! (We included the hashtag #MHAM for Migraine & Headache Awareness Month to make it even more searchable and convenient, for your sharing purposes!)

  1. Migraine is NOT "just a headache." #MHAM
  2. Genetics play a role in migraine: #MHAM
  3. There are different types of migraines, and there are different migraine symptoms. - #MHAM
  4. About 37 million people in the US have migraine.  #MHAM
  5. More than 70 percent of those with migraine have a family history of migraine.  - #MHAM
  6. Cognitive symptoms (memory loss, difficulty concentrating, etc) are often associated with migraine: #MHAM
  7. Head pain is not the only symptom of migraine: #MHAM
  8. Mood changes can be a migraine warning sign: #MHAM
  9. Sensitivity to smell (including perfume, air freshener, etc) is a common migraine symptom: #MHAM
  10. Almost one-third of those with migraine experience moderate to severe disability: #MHAM
  11. Funding for research of headache disorders was less than 0.08% of the entire NIH budget: #MHAM
  12. Lifestyle changes can be beneficial for people with migraine, but they aren’t always sufficient. - #MHAM
  13. The “typical” migraine attack lasts from four to 72 hours, but migraines can last longer. #MHAM
  14. People with migraine may often feel alone, isolated, desolate, and even guilty. - #MHAM
  15. During a migraine attack, thinking and finding words are difficult. - #MHAM
  16. Migraine attacks can and do occur in children and teens. - #MHAM
  17. Complications of migraine and risk factors associated with migraine can be life-threatening. #MHAM
  18. For 90% of people with migraine, attacks are disabling. #MHAM
  19. 100+ treatments are being used for migraine prevention (None were developed for migraine) #MHAM
  20. Depression is one of the most common co-existing conditions seen in migraine patients. - #MHAM
  21. There are lots of myths and misconceptions about migraine. - #MHAM
  22. Stigma is a serious consequence of migraine. - #MHAM
  23. It’s a myth that people with migraines can’t handle stressful situations or high-stress jobs. - #MHAM
  24. Painkillers are not a panacea. - #MHAM
  25. About a third of those with migraine experience aura. - #MHAM
  26. Some common migraine symptoms include: throbbing pain, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity, and nausea - #MHAM
  27. A migraine is not over when the most painful phase passes. #MHAM
  28. Although it’s frequently overshadowed by other symptoms, fatigue is a hallmark symptom of migraine: #MHAM
  29. Not all migraine triggers are avoidable- especially the weather! #MHAM
  30. Yawning, food cravings, and fatigue can be the earliest signs of a migraine: #MHAM

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