Migraine and quality of life

Migraine and quality of life: an introduction

Because of the debilitating nature of migraines, they often disrupt normal daily activities. Migraine attacks can begin suddenly, cause a wide range of migraine symptoms and last for days. Therefore migraines reduce quality of life, making it difficult for migraine sufferers to perform their best in school or work and often leading to missed social engagements.

Statistics on migraines and quality of life

  • Between $16.2 billion and $28.7 billion in workplace productivity is lost because of migraines
  • The annual cost of migraines is estimated to be $2,834 per migraine suffer
  • People with migraines miss up to a week of work per year
  • Migraines are the ninth leading cause of disability in women and the 19th leading cause overall, worldwide
  • More than a third of children who suffer from migraines report poor performance in school during attacks
  • The 1989 Health Interview Survey listed headaches as the third leading cause of school absenteeism

Migraine is most common among people in their mid-30s through their 40s. This means, migraine attacks are at their height when people are most involved in their careers and most active in the work force. This means attacks can impact their work schedules the most.

Testing migraine’s impact on your quality of life

Several migraine questionnaires and assessments exist to determine the level of disruption caused by migraines. These tools ask migraine sufferers multiple questions about how migraine attacks alter your school, home and/or work life. A migraine assessment, such as our migraine Assessment Tool, along with your completed migraine journal serve as helpful tools to help your migraine headache doctor with diagnosis. For example, some people complain of migraines every day. This is important information to help your migraine specialists determine the severity of your migraines.

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Written by: Otesa Miles | Last review date: November 2010