Migraine is the third most common disease in the world (dental caries and tension-type headache in first and second place) and has been there in all centuries and all cultures.
A little bit of history
The word migraine derives from the Greek word hemicrania, which means “half-headed”. In the century 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, describes in detail, migraine attacks with the visual disturbance. Migraine is even referred to in biblical texts. Even earlier, there is a description that sounds to describe a migraine attack in Papyrus Ebers, and that script was written as early as 1200 BC in Egypt.
270 types of headaches
There are over 270 different types of headaches, and researchers say that almost everybody experiences a headache sometime in their life. So you are not alone.
Migraine in women and men
Nearly one in five women and one man in ten has migraine. Deflected of all people, regardless of sex, a bit over one in seven people have migraine, that is 15%. Children can get migraine too. Approximately almost 2% of the population of the world suffer from chronic migraine. Research shows that 3 million migraine attacks happen every day, all around the world. The majority of the population with migraines, about 85%, suffers from migraine without an aura. For the 15% that is affected by migraine with an aura, they experience aura symptoms before a migraine attack. Its believed that at least 50% of everyone that suffers from migraine is undiagnosed and not treated.
Why its more common amongst women to have migraines is not known even if the belief of hormone issues is the biggest one. The most common is to have one migraine attack per month. A regular migraine attack usually lasts between 4 and 72 hours. Seven of ten people that have migraine have a close relative that also have migraine. Some research shows numbers of up to 90% of people with migraine have a family history of migraine.
More common then you know
One scary fact is that migraine is more common than diabetes, asthma, and epilepsy combined. Still, migraine is the least publicly funded of all neurological illnesses.
Migraine is present in all ages but usually starts in puberty. The most affected age is between 35 and 45. When you have turned 50, it’s uncommon to get migraine if you haven’t had a migraine attack before.