According to the Coalition for Headache and Migraine Patients (CHAMP), June is recognized by the federal government as National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month.More than 38 million people in the United States experience migraines or some type of tension headache with 2 -3 million of them experiencing chronic migraines.
The exact causes of migraines are unknown. People with migraine or tension headaches may have a tendency to be affected by certain triggers such as fatigue, bright lights, weather changes and hypertension.
Some symptoms of migraine or tension headaches are:
• Throbbing pain, numbness, weakness
• Sensitivity to light
• Sensitivity to sound
• Mood changes
• Neck pain
• Vision changes
Treatment for migraine or tension headaches depends on the how often or how severe the headache is, the level of disability your headache may cause and contributing medical conditions you may have.
Over the counter medications such as anti-nausea or Ibuprofen may help with more minor episodes, but if you are experiencing multiple headaches per month lasting more than 12 hours, over the counter medications aren’t helping and your migraine symptoms include numbness or weakness, it is best to consult your physician.
June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month (MHAM)
June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month (#MHAM), and the headache, migraine and cluster communities are working together to gain awareness and recognition of headache disorder as a legitimate neurobiological disease, to encourage those with headache or migraine to see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment, and to let individuals with headache disorder know that there are new treatments available.
Migraine and Headache Awareness Month (MHAM) 2019
The American Migraine Foundation recognizes MHAM with the migraine community
June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, a dedicated time for healthcare providers, patient advocates and the migraine community to stand up and speak out for migraine recognition and treatment. The 2019 theme is “Sowing the Seeds for a Cure,” and the American Migraine Foundation is looking forward to working with its partners and the migraine community to champion advocacy efforts and raise awareness around this disabling disease.