Episodic migraine sufferers have fewer than 14 headaches per month for three months. Chronic migraine sufferers experience headaches 15 days or more per month. They both can vary in severity, duration and occurrence.
The first step in treating migraine headaches is diagnosing them. In order to qualify as a migraine, the headache must last between four and 72 hours. It's typically on one side of the head. It's often throbbing or pounding, with moderate to severe pain that gets worse with physical activity, light and noise.
If episodic migraines are left untreated they can become chronic and debilitating. Chronic migraine sufferers were studied and found to be twice as likely as episodic migraine sufferers to have depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and higher rates of respiratory and cardiovascular risk factors. Leaving your episodic migraines untreated could potentially result in higher rates of respiratory and cardiovascular risk factors.
If your doctor suspects that you are experiencing migraines, treatment will typically be based on the frequency and severity of your symptoms. According to the World Health Organization migraine headaches rank in the top 10 of disabling conditions. Resulting in lost work days, lost productivity, and higher healthcare costs. They cost you time with your family and time enjoying your life. If you suffer from migraine headaches, discuss your migraines with your doctor and begin a treatment plan that works for you.
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