Both migraine sufferers and non-sufferers are concerned about the disease’s impact on work productivity, quality of life, family/relationships and employment, according to a survey commissioned by Research!America.
“The survey findings indicate that the health and economic impact of migraine is broad and must be addressed in order to overcome stigma and aid those suffering from this disabling condition,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America.
Among the survey’s other findings: a strong majority of migraine sufferers (85%) and a majority of non-sufferers (61%) agree that exposure to excessive light is associated with greater risk of migraine. This is consistent with scientific evidence that people with migraine tend to have recurring attacks triggered by stress, anxiety, hormonal changes, bright or flashing lights, lack of food or sleep, and dietary substances. Sudden changes in weather or environment also increase the risk of migraine.
And a majority of both migraine sufferers (77%) and non-sufferers (68%) agree it’s important that our nation supports research that focuses on the prevention and treatment of migraine.
For the full survey, click here.