Migraine headaches are a neurological disease that frequently have a wide range of symptoms, the most common being a headache. It is an extremely debilitating condition which the World Health Organization (WHO) considers to be one of the 20 most debilitating medical conditions in the world.
Migraine headaches are unfortunately all too common. In fact, migraine headaches affect more people than both asthma and diabetes combined. It is estimated that 37 million people in the United States suffer from migraine headaches while 18% of women and 6% of men report having at least one migraine episode over the past year. Women experience migraines more frequently than men and it is estimated than nearly 30% of women are affected over the course of their lifetime. It is also common for migraine patients to have a family member or relative who suffers from migraine headaches due to their likely genetic and family predisposition.