Migraines Are More Than Just Pain and Discomfort

Almost one-third of migraine sufferers experience moderate to severe disability. The head pain and other migraine symptoms make it difficult for many to function during attacks. Migraines are a leading cause of disability around the globe. Despite that, half of those with migraines aren’t under a doctor’s care for the condition.

Migraines impact almost every facet of a sufferer’s life, and people with migraine or severe headaches are even at increased risk for suicide.

Often, people with migraines report a lower quality of life, have trouble sleeping, cancel social engagements and miss days from work and school because of attacks. They have also been found to have less energy between migraine attacks.

Some migraine sufferers wait in worry or fear of when the next migraine attack will surface. So even during symptom-free periods, people with chronic migraines may curb their activities, eat cautiously or be on edge in anticipation of a painful episode. This also has a negative effect throughout a person’s life.

A 1995 Swedish study compared people with migraines to those without migraines. The migraine sufferers – even between attacks – had more:

  • Emotional distress
  • Disturbed contentment
  • Less vitality
  • Problems sleeping

There are many options to get help for living with migraines, from migraine doctors to joining a patient support group. If you feel you are experiencing a migraine crisis, be sure to seek help from a counselor or the emergency room.

 

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If you transfer from a full-time to a part-time position, you will have to pay more out-of-pocket to continue your medical coverage. Medical, vision and dental coverage are not mandatory for part-time employees. You have the option to discontinue your coverage if you become a part-time employee. You will return to the Plan as soon as The Health and Welfare office is notified of your return to full-time status.

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