Migraines – more than just headaches

Migraines - more than just headaches

It is estimated that every tenth inhabitant of Germany knows the symptoms of a migraine from their own experience. The disease of migraine not only means an enormous restriction of individual quality of life but also a significant burden on the health system.

Migraines – an overview

Migraines are more than “simple” headaches but are usually accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, sensitivity to light and neurological deficits. Migraines make it impossible for those affected to participate in everyday life for hours or days. It is estimated that around 6 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women suffer from migraines and their symptoms.

Migraine has increased massively in industrialized countries in recent decades: More and more people are affected, and migraine symptoms begin earlier and earlier. American studies showed an increase of at least 20 per cent within a decade. 

A Finnish study revealed that the number of migraine cases in children under the age of seven tripled between 1974 and 1992 – particularly in disadvantaged areas. In Germany, too, more and more children (10 to 20 per cent) are suffering from headaches, of which around 12 per cent occur as migraines.

 

Intolerances and unhealthy nutrition as possible causes?

It is still unclear how migraines develop and why there is an increase in migraine cases. Food intolerances often exist simultaneously; some experts blame the “modern” high-carbohydrate diet with lots of fast food.

In the case of migraines, acute attacks must be treated as quickly as possible, and various measures must be taken to minimize their intensity and frequency.

 

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