CBC news reported:
Federal agency released a report on the prevalence of migraine, stating an estimated 2.7 million Canadians reported to have been diagnosed with severe headache in 2010-2011
- 2.7 million Canadians stated they had been diagnosed with migraines.
- 26 % of them stated migraines prevented their usual activities.
- 26 % said they felt left out.
- 53 % said migraines prevented them from driving.
- 76 % said it affected their ability to get a good night’s sleep.
“For three-quarters to say that it had an impact on their getting a good night sleep, over half said it prevented them from driving on some occasions, even people feeling left out of things because of their condition. There’s some social isolation that could be occurring. It may be limiting on people’s education and employment opportunities. That can have a long-term effect.”The sleep findings are important given lack of sleep can impact other aspects of life, Ramage-Morin said, noting how the effects can extend beyond the individual to the larger community. CBC news
Both women and men questioned migraines were common between the ages of 30 to 49. This group represent 12 % of the population in their prime working years. An important factor when you consider the impact migraines can have on work and career. “Ramage-Morin suggested employers, health-care workers and policymakers could use the findings to understand that a large proportion of the population is affected by migraines. Workplace policies could be used to help support people with the condition.”CBC news
On average migraines are diagnosed at age 26 which is about four years after the symptoms, migraines, are first experienced.
70% of the migraineurs in the study were employed at the time of the study. Of these one-third said they face limitations in job opportunities. “Previous international studies suggest migraines are associated with lost productivity on the job.”
Almost two-thirds of people diagnosed with migraines (63 per cent) were classified with minimal or mild depression, and 20 per cent had moderate to severe depression. It’s known that migraines increase the risk of depression and depression increases the risk of the headaches.
Forty-two per cent of people with migraines said they had taken prescription medications for the condition in the previous three months. Among those not taking prescription drugs, the most frequent reasons were that they did not need it, they hadn’t been prescribed or they did not want them.
About 56 per cent of migraineurs said they had paid out of pocket for medications in the previous year for which they wouldn’t be reimbursed. CBC news
The report was based on the 2010 and 2011 data from the Canadian Community Health Surveys and the 2011 survey of living with Neurological Conditions in Canada.