Don't Suffer in Silence
A migraine isn't just a "bad headache." It's a debilitating neurological condition that results in an estimated annual 155 million lost workdays in just the United States. It is imperative that migraine sufferers consult with a specialist to determine with best course of prevention and treatment, not only to prevent attacks, but to identify possible stroke risks and analyze potential drug interactions. Since each migraine is unique to the person that experiences it, a physician can help tailor a plan of action to ensure that patients aren't missing out on life because of their condition. In the meantime, scientists are working to discover the genetics of migraines: "There are some clues. They are studying it," Lavin says, so that perhaps someday, migraines will be a thing of the past.