IT SEEMS THAT THERE ARE MORE AND MORE PEOPLE BEING DIAGNOSED WITH MIGRAINE HEADACHES THESE DAYS.
HOWEVER, NOT EVERY BAD HEADACHE IS A MIGRAINE. NOT EVERY SINUS CONDITION IS A HEADACHE.
MIGRAINES HAVE A VERY DISTINCTIVE PATTERN.
I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE A TRUE MIGRAINER GETS THESE HEADACHES 15 DAYS A MONTH??
I AM NOT SAYING PEOPLE DONT HAVE THESE, BUT THEY TEND TO WANT TO CLASSIFY EVERYTHING AS A MIGRAINE.
JUST LIKE THAY CLASSIFY EVERY SUPER ACTIVE CHILD AS HDAD. ARLENE.
Migraine is a disease that is poorly understood, underdiagnosed, and undertreated. That said, yes, there are more people being diagnosed with Migraine these days for several reasons:
- More doctors understand it well enough to accurately diagnose it.
- More people are learning that they should go to the doctor for their "headaches."
- Advocates, doctors, patient educators, and people on web sites such as this one are working hard to increase awareness of Migraine disease and get people to doctors so they can be diagnosed and treated.
You're quite right that not every "bad headache" is a Migraine, but believe it - there are plenty of Migraineurs who get Migraines 15 or more days a month. Some people have a Migraine every day or nearly every day, and some of them are children. There are, in fact, approximately 3.2 million Americans living with chronic Migraine. You can read more about chronic Migraine in Chronic Migraine - The Basics.
We hope this clarifies matters for you,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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Published On: July 13, 2012