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Migraine is a neurological disease that affects approximately one billion people worldwide. In fact, according to the Migraine Research Foundation, it is the third most prevalent disease in the world. To give you an idea of how common and impactful migraine is in the United States and around the world, here are some migraine facts to keep you informed:

  • About four million Americans experience chronic daily migraine, which is a migraine that occurs at least fifteen days in a month (Hatfield, 2018).

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  • There are approximately 113 million days of work lost due to migraine symptoms (Hatfield, 2018).


  • Migraine mostly affects people between the ages of 25-55 (Migraine Research Foundation).


  • There are about 39 million people in the United States who suffer from migraine (Hatfield, 2018).


  • About two thirds of migraines affect only one side of the head, while a third affect both sides of the head (Migraine Research Foundation).


  • Migraine tends to run in families. About 90% of those with the condition have a family history of it.



  • Most people with migraine suffer attacks once or twice a month (Migraine Research Foundation).


  • Overuse of medication may be the most common reason why episodic migraine turns chronic.


  • Episodes typically last between 4-72 hours.


  • Migraines disproportionally affect women between the ages of 25-55; about 28 million women are affected in the U.S. (Migraine Research Foundation).


Interested in learning more about Migraine research? Please call 561-845-0500. The Premiere Research Institute in West Palm Beach regularly conducts clinical research studies in the field of Migraines. To find out more about these studies click here or sign up for our newsletter to keep informed about the newest treatments, articles, and research that are being conducted in the field of Migraines.


Migraine Research Foundation. (2018). Migraine Facts. Retrieved April 05, 2018, from http://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts/

Hatfield, H. (2018). WebMD Focus on Migraine [Pamphlet]. WebMD LLC.