Prevalence:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 18 percent of women in the United States and six to eight percent of men have migraine disease.
  • Based on current United States population statistics from census.gov, the WHO percentages translate to
    • More than 29,777,026 American women with migraine and
    • More than 11,150,676 American men with Migraine,
    • A total of nearly 41 million Americans with migraine as of October, 2016.
  • The best estimate is that two percent of the U.S. population has chronic migraine, which translates to more than seven million people who have a migraine or headache more often than not.
  • Globally, 959 million people had migraine disease in 2015.

Impact:

  • Migraine is the 6th leading cause of all global disability.
  • Medication overuse headache is the 20th leading cause of all global disability.
  • Medication overuse #headache contributes 45% more than epilepsy to the global burden of disability.