June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. The Coalition for Headache and Migraine Patients sponsors this month each year to raise awareness about migraines and other headache diseases. 40 million people in the United States suffer from migraines and headaches. 1 billion people suffer from migraines and headaches worldwide. Although there are medications and treatments, there is still no cure for migraines and other headache diseases.
Headaches can cause pain in any part of the head and may be accompanied by other symptoms. These pains can be dull or sharp. Headaches can be triggered by multiple things such as lack of sleep, eyeglasses, stress, loud noises, or tight headwear.
Migraines cause severe pulsing or throbbing pain and it usually happens on one side of the head. They are known as the #2 cause of disability worldwide. Common symptoms that accompany migraines are nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to sound and light. Migraines can last for hours or even days and the pain can be so severe that it can affect daily life. Certain foods and drinks, stress, and exercise can trigger migraines.
Cluster headaches are the most severe out of all headache diseases and about 400,000 Americans suffer from them. These headaches are known to be one of the most painful diseases in existence. The pain occurs on one side of the head and can have symptoms like nasal discharge or tearing eyes. Cluster periods, or frequent attacks, can last for weeks or months. Cluster periods are usually followed by long periods of relief.
You can help raise awareness by wearing purple and participating in virtual or physical events and fundraisers throughout the month of June. Find all the awareness tools and resources at the link below:
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