Prevalence of headache in the United States and its impact

Headache is extremely common:

Studies show 76 percent of women and 57 percent of men report at least one significant headache per month.

In the United States, an estimated 60 million to 80 million people experience recurring headaches (but only 30 percent of these people seek help, in many cases due to fear of being accused of “faking” the headache or being thought mentally ill.)

Headaches are costly:

More than 1 million days of school and 160 million days of work are lost per year due to headaches.

Headaches result in an estimated $30 billion in medical expenses each year.

Migraine Headaches

According to the American Council for Headache Education, approximately 30 million people in the United States experience at least one acute migraine attack each year.

Migraine afflicts approximately 6% of men and 18% of women.

There is a migraine sufferer in nearly one out of every four households.

Migraine patients spend an estimated $6 billion on prescription and OTC medications each year in the United States.

The average person with migraine has 35 attacks per year.

Approximately 59% of migraineurs experience one to four attacks per month.

Approximately 22% of those with migraine have 10 or more attacks per month.


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