Friday, October 29th, 2010

Study: Chronic Migraines Tied to Household Income

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Chronic migraines have been tied to household income.

Balancing your workload could be giving you migraines, but don’t rule out balancing your cheque book as a cause.

New data shows that people with chronic migraines (more than 15 days per month) are much more likely to have annual household incomes below $30,000 than those with episodic migraines (less than 15 days per month).

The 2010 European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress (EHMTIC) studied 373 individuals with chronic migraine and 6,554 with episodic migraine. They found, people with chronic migraine were more likely to have average annual household incomes that was less than those with episodic migraine (38.3% of chronic migraineurs and 26.5% of episodic migraineurs had household incomes of less than $30,000/year).

But student migraineurs have hope. Richard B. Lipton, MD, Professor of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of the Montefiore Headache Center, said that chronic migraine is very treatable. Dr. Lipton advises, “Persons living with chronic migraine should speak with a knowledgeable health care professional about available treatments.”

To learn more about severe headaches, visit the National Headache Foundation website at www.headaches.org

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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