Headaches are unfortunately common. Nearly 47% of people in the U.S. suffer from headaches. Migraines–recurrent episodes of extreme head pain–affect nearly 12% of the population.
On top of these sobering statistics, consider that:
- Headaches and migraines are the leading reason that people use over-the-counter pain relievers
- There is no absolute cure for migraine headaches since its causes are not entirely understood
- Headaches may have a genetic component–a child has a 75% chance of suffering from headaches if both parents have them
- Migraine-related work absenteeism and lost productivity can cost U.S. corporations $20 million a year
Since head pain related to headaches and migraines is so common, the National Headache Foundation (NHF) chose to rally supporters during the month of June to spread awareness about these conditions. Migraine and Headache Awareness Month is about “standing up” to let others know about the effects of these pain conditions. The National Headache Foundation asks everybody–from those who suffer from headaches and migraines to their family and friends –to let others know that they are not alone.
By standing up to spread awareness, the community can show that it is unified and strong as it moves towards better treatments and research.
As part of this, everybody is encouraged to “show purple” and send in photos while wearing purple or holding a sign in support of Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. This may mean standing in front of a well-known landmark or other space where you go when not suffering from head pain.
In this way, the Foundation hopes to put a face to the many people who suffer from headaches and migraines. They’ll be sharing these photos on their Facebook page throughout the month. You can get involved by sending your own photos to NHF or using the hashtag #MHAM.
When you’re suffering from a headache or migraine, it can feel like you are absolutely alone. However, there are others out there who understand and can sympathize with your pain. Every headache is different, but in finding a community who suffers from similar types of pain, you may begin to find strength to face your pain.
Image courtesy of the National Headache Foundation