Frequent Migraines Affect the Whole Family
Web survey suggests the condition influences marriage, parenting and family dynamics
The research was scheduled for presentation Wednesday at the American Headache Society in Los Angeles. Because the study hasn't been published in a peer-reviewed journal, it should be viewed as preliminary.
Dr. Elizabeth Loder, chief of the division of headache and pain at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said that a weakness of the study was that people who are willing to participate in a web survey may not be representative of the total population of migraine sufferers. Loder was not associated with the study.
But Loder said the research nonetheless makes an important contribution toward better understanding the impact of chronic migraine. "This quantifies the burden, and now we're able to attach numbers to things people say happen."
Being able to better define the impact of the condition may make it easier to get the funding, attention and respect that migraines deserve, she added.
Buse hopes the study helps people better understand migraines. "I think the results may surprise some who hold the view that migraine is 'just a headache' and hopefully shed light on the far-reaching effects of this debilitating condition."
The study was funded by Allergan Inc., of Irvine, Calif., which sells Botox (also called onabotulinumtoxinA), a treatment for migraines.