Chronic Migraine Puts a Burden on Families

Chronic Migraine Puts a Burden on Families

According to researchers from the Department of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, suffering from chronic migraines can take a huge toll on an individual’s personal life. In fact, more than two thirds of patients reported their condition affects their sexual intimacy and makes them feel guilty about how it may affect their partner and children.

The pain management physicians at American Spine don’t want patients to feel this way, which is why they provide comprehensive treatment plans to help patients live a more comfortable and productive lifestyle. Nevertheless, this recent development is important for both chronic migraine sufferers and their loved ones to know because it could help increase awareness about the condition and how to manage it.

The data, published via, indicated the following:

  • 72.5% felt they would be better partners if they didn't have migraines
  • 70.2% reported being easily angered or annoyed by their partners because of their migraine headache
  • 67.2% respondents avoid sexual intimacy because of their headaches
  • 64.4% feel guilty about how their headaches affect their partner
  • 64.1% of respondents felt their headaches made their partners life difficult
  • 59.1% believe they would be better parents if they didn't have migraines
  • 20% missed planned family vacation(s) within the previous year
  • 3.6% had less enjoyment while on vacation because of their migraines

Chronic migraines were described as headaches that were pulsating, of moderate to severe pain intensity, worsened with routine activity and may be accompanied by nausea, phonophobia (sensitivity to or fear of loud sounds) and photophobia (sensitivity to or fear of light).

The study included 994 participants with chronic migraines who were evaluated by the American Migraine Study/American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention screener. Of the 994 participants, 81.7% were women. The women participants cancelled plans 23% less often than men and missed 49% fewer holiday/religious event and 52% fewer weddings/”important” events than men as well.

Researchers hope the study will help patients realize they’re not alone in their feelings. The team at American Spine feels the same way, and hopes patients seek the help they deserve at the practice. Our team provides compassionate care to those suffering from acute and chronic pain and uses state-of-the-art techniques and tools to improve patients quality of life.

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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