The study showed that 94 percent of headache sufferers annually skip a family or social event due to a headache. Additionally, 87 percent of respondents admitted to missing a day of work because of a headache.
However, more than 40 percent of headache sufferers believed that others dismiss a headache as a valid reason to miss an event or work.
About 45 percent of those who missed work or another function because of a headache were not truthful about the reason for their absence. Many were embarrassed to miss events because of their headaches, and because they thought they should be able to “tough it out.”
– 45 percent of respondents missed at least five family or social events in the last year because of a headache.
– Nearly 30 percent have missed up to five days of work each month due to headache.
– 25 percent reported that their co-workers resent the time they spend away from work due to a headache.
– 20 percent reported their family and friends tend to resent them for missing events because of headaches.
The National Headache Foundation stresses that a headache is a neuro-biological disease, and nearly 90 percent of men and 95 percent of women have had at least one serious headache a year..The founation wants headaches — particularly migraine headaches — to be diagnosed just like a heart disease, diabetes and epilepsy.
A headache is a treatable disease and people should not needlessly suffer, according to foundation officials.
Currently, more than 20 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, which most commonly experienced between the ages of 15 and 55. Seventy to 80 percent of sufferers have a family history of migraines. yet less than half of all migraine sufferers have received a diagnosis of migraine from their healthcare provider, according to the foundation, which is based in Chicago.
-Jim Killackey, Medical Writer