June is observed as National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month in the United States. This annual event, which is sponsored by the American Headache and Migraine Association (AHMA) aims to generate awareness about migraines and resolve the stigma associated with different types of headache disorders. The theme for the 2015 month-long campaign is “Inspiring Hope.”
A very severe, recurring headache, migraine is usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, fatigue and increased sensitivity to light and sound. The American Migraine Foundation (AMF) reports that about 36 million Americans or 12% of the population suffer from this inherited neurological disorder and that about one in four households in America has a member with migraine headache. Furthermore, the disorder is three times more common in women than in men. The Foundation partners with patient advocates, and implements measures to educate the broader migraine community, and help empower all of those affected by this debilitating illness.
The condition can be triggered by a wide range of factors such as depression, high stress, poor sleep, alcohol dependence, hormonal changes, allergies, sinus infections, minor head injury, vision problems, viral infections, and so on. Observing National Migraine Awareness Month, the AMF is featuring a blog a day on its website (www.AmericanMigraineFoundation.org.) to educate, engage and support Americans with migraine and their loved ones. The contributors are some of the nation’s leading migraine bloggers.
Through education, support, advocacy, and research, the campaign aims to bring hope to individuals with headaches and banish the feelings of hopelessness that often accompany the disorder. Throughout this month, hospitals, multi-specialty healthcare centers and other types of medical facilities across the nation are hosting events to make migraines more visible. This could result in more research funding which, in turn, would result in more and better treatments.