From Joseph Mercola, DO
It is estimated that migraines affect 12% of the population of the U.S. Chronic migraines are the second most disabling condition and are associated with psychiatric disease, sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease. Migraines often start before the age of 40 and usually during adolescence.
Women are more likely than men and people with a family history of migraines are more likely to have migraines. Your doctor may order blood tests and imaging tests to rule out other causes for headaches. They may also ask you to keep a journal to help identify your triggers and develop a treatment plan.
Despite the number of people who struggle with migraines, researchers still don’t understand exactly how and why they happen.