September 5-11 is Migraine Awarenss Week 2010 in the United Kingdom. This year, The Migraine Trust, the sponsor of the awareness week, wants to highlight that one in seven people in the UK have Migraine disease. Their focus is on why "Migraine matters" and why it should be taken serously. They note that:
"Many people think that migraine doesn’t matter because it can’t kill you, it’s not contagious and it’s mostly episodic. Migraine is all too often trivialised as “just a headache” but we know that migraine can be extremely disabling and can destroy peoples' lives."
Migraine matters because...
Migraine affects millions of people:
1 in 7 people suffer from the condition, that’s over 8 million people in the UK alone (37 million in the U.S.).
Migraine affects 8% of men, 18% of women.
More people have Migraine than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined.
Migraine is potentially disabling:
The World Health Organisation has listed migraine in the 20 most disabling conditions.
Symptoms can include throbbing head pain, nausea, vomiting, neck pain, increased sensitivity to light and sound, temporary blindness, temporary one-sided paralysis, disturbed vision, and much more.
80% of people say that their migraines cause them severe pain.
Migraine destroys lives:
Migraine disrupts education, employment, family and social life - everything.
An estimated 25 million days are lost from work or school every year because of migraine.
Migraines can continue for a lifetime.
The Migraine Trust needs our help with getting the word out, no matter where we live. Migraine Awareness anywhere benefits Migraineurs everywhere. The Migraine Trust has special events scheduled for Awareness Week, including:
The Adidas Women's 5K Challenge
Migraine and Headache - an information event with leading Migraine experts