Migraine: It isn’t just a bad headache.

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Migraine is an extremely debilitating collection of neurological symptoms. It is a common disease affecting 36 million men, women and children in the United States. Migraine ranks in the top 20 of the world’s most disabling medical illnesses.

Every 10 seconds, someone in the United States goes to the emergency room with a headache or migraine. While most sufferers experience attacks once or twice a month, 14 million people or about 4% have chronic daily headache, when attacks occur at least 15 days per month.woman with a headache

Migraine can affect anyone.

Over 10% of the population (including men, women and children) suffers from migraine. That’s more than diabetes and asthma combined!

Though the condition can affect anyone at any age, it is more common among women (three times as many women compared to men). It also tends to occur more frequently between the ages of 25 to 55. About half of affected women have more than one attack each month, and a quarter experience 4 or more severe attacks per month.

Many people do not realize how serious and debilitating migraine can be. In addition to attack-related disability, migraine interferes with a sufferer’s ability to function in everyday life, whether that is going to school or work, caring for family or enjoying social activities. More than 90% of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during their migraine.

Dr. Enam Haque offers a surgical option for migraine treatment. It can be useful for those whose specific condition has been diagnosed by a neurologist or primary care physician. This outpatient surgery releases the specific nerves in the head and neck that cause migraine. This procedure helps to decompress them, which relieves the nerve from constrictive tissue and may release the chronic compression that causes migraine.

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