More than five million Spaniards suffer from migraines

More than five million Spaniards suffer from migraines

There are more than 5 million people in Spain who suffer from migraines, of whom more than 1.5 million suffer from headaches more than 15 days a month. Migraine is a headache condition with more than 180,000 new cases recorded annually in Spain. This makes migraine the leading cause of impairment or disability in adults under 50 years of age in Spain.

Migraine (Spanish: migraña) is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent attacks of severe headache that is throbbing and often accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. In three out of ten patients, neurological symptoms also appear, which is called “aura.” An “aura” can appear in visual disturbances, sensory disturbances, or speech disturbances.

Migraine attacks are very severe and disrupt the patient’s daily life. The degree of disability depends on the frequency of headache attacks. People with chronic migraines, who experience headaches more than 15 days a month, typically have the greatest degree of impairment or disability.

Migraine is one of the most common headache disorders in Spain. This condition can occur at any age and in any type of person, but it occurs in about 80% of cases in women between the ages of 20 and 50 years. Women also suffer from migraines more than men at other stages of life; for example, 9% of European girls suffer from migraines, compared to 5% of European boys.

High number Migraine cases Combined with the high degree of disability it causes (more than 50% of migraine sufferers have a severe or very severe degree of disability) make migraine the leading cause of disability in adults under 50 years of age in Spain.

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It is estimated that more than 40% of people with migraines in Spain remain undiagnosed. One of the main consequences of this is that many patients self-treat or do not receive appropriate treatment. More than 50% of migraine sufferers self-treat with over-the-counter pain relievers.

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