The disease impacts so many people in so many different ways, including the severity of it's impact. It ranges from people who have very infrequent Migraine attacks, and never need anything more than a nap or a simple over-the-counter treatment to people who live with Chronic Migraine. Based on current U.S. census figures, more than 37 million Americans have Migraine disease.
People with Chronic Migraine have Migraine attacks or headaches 15 or more days a month, at least eight of which must be Migraine days. In other words, they have a Migraine or headache more often than not. The current estimate is that approximately 3.2 million Americans are living with Chronic Migraine.
In many minds, Migraine is a public health crisis. At this time, there are NO medications available for Migraine prevention that were originally developed for that purpose. One of the biggest reasons for this is a lack of funding for seminal Migraine research that is necessary for researchers to have a better understanding of the pathophysiology and epidemiology of Migraine disease. Despite lobbying efforts, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) continues to NOT attempt to balance research funding with disease burden.