The Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy notes the following (not in order):
- Chronic headache disorders, including migraine and cluster headache, are among the top 20 causes of disability in the US according to the World Health Organization (WHO)
- Headache disorders, including migraine, are responsible for more than $31B in economic costs in the US annually.
- 19% of Americans will experience an attack of some form of migraine this year.
- Among veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts, 37% of servicemen and 57% of servicewomen reported ongoing migraine if there was a deployment history of concussive injury and any predeployment history of migraine.
- Migraine results in an increased risk of cardiovascular disease which has been linked to more than 1500 additional deaths in the US annually.
- The WHO estimates that migraine causes more lost years of healthy life in the US annually than multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, ovarian cancer, and tuberculosis combined…,
- …whereas in 2010 the combined NIH research funding on these four disorders ($684M) was more than 45 times greater than that for migraine ($15M).
Given all that, public hearings on the topic and how research on causes (still not well determined) and treatment (woefully lagging) are treated by our governmental institutions simply makes sense, right? I happen to think so, but I’m biased. I’m one of those people who regularly loses days to migraines. The treatment options that work are just about as debilitating as the migraines themselves.
Sadly, those hearings are not currently a reality. ADHA is trying to fix that, however, with a petition that contains the facts listed above and more. Head on over there and find out why (if you don’t have your own personal reason) we need to take these disorders seriously as a research topic. Then, please, sign the petition.