BRAIN STORM

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Health -

Al­most 1 in 10 Aus­tralians suf­fers mi­graine.

Women, world­wide, are three times more likely to get mi­graine than men.

Fe­male sex hor­mones such as es­tro­gen are be­lieved to be the main cause of mi­graine in women.

The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion says mi­graine is among the world’s top 20 lead­ing causes of dis­abil­ity

The es­ti­mated cost of mi­graine to the Aus­tralian com­mu­nity is $1 bil­lion per year

Three ques­tions are used to di­ag­nose pa­tients with mi­graine: 1) Has a headache lim­ited your ac­tiv­i­ties for a day or more in the last three months? 2) When you have a headache do you ex­pe­ri­ence nausea or stom­ach sick­ness? 3) Are you sen­si­tive to light when you have a headache? If a pa­tient an­swers ‘‘ yes’’ to at least two of th­ese ques­tions, they are prob­a­bly a mi­graine suf­ferer, and should seek treat­ment to im­prove their symp­toms.

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