What We Treat at Reed Migraine Centers
If you suffer from chronic migraine pain, you are not alone. An estimated 30 percent of the U.S. population suffers from chronic pain. This translates to over 86 million people, and of those, approximately 28 million suffer from migraines or other severe headaches.
Pain Takes a Heavy Toll on Lives
A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan Health System's Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center discovered how chronic pain affects lives. Of the patients followed in the study:
- 42 percent said pain has affected their relationship with their spouse
- 48 percent experienced depression
- 18 percent overdosed on pain medications
- 10 percent contemplated suicide
Migraine and Headache Pain
Migraine headaches are now ranked number 19 among all diseases causing disability worldwide by the World Health Organization. Head pain can be classified into two general types: primary and secondary headaches.
Primary headaches include migraine, tension and cluster headaches, as well as several other less common types. Most experts maintain that primary headaches are caused by a combination of vascular and neurological disorders in the head and neck.
A migraine headache causes intense throbbing or pulsing pain in the head that is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Symptoms are usually aggravated by routine activity. Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days. The pain can be so severe that sufferers can only think about finding a dark, quiet place to lie down.
Headaches that have underlying causes related to structural or functional disorders in the head or neck are classified as secondary headaches. There are numerous causes of this type of headache ranging from bleeding in the brain, aneurism, tumor, meningitis and encephalitis.
Whatever causes head pain, we understand the heavy toll its chronic occurrence takes on our patients and their families. And this is exactly why we are providing this documented-effective, breakthrough treatment for all types of head pain.