Migraine By The Numbers: The Struggle Is Real

Headache and Migraine Basics | 1Min. Read
Author: Ctrl M Health
Reviewed by: Ctrl M Health Medical Directors


Migraine is a serious neurological disease that is shockingly common — and takes an enormous societal toll. Let’s look at it by the numbers.

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How Common is Migraine?

  • Worldwide: 1 billion
  • U.S.: 40 million
  • Migraine is a hidden epidemic. An estimated 28 million Americans are undiagnosed. Untreated migraine can get worse with time.

Who Has Migraine?

  • 1 in 5 U.S. women
  • 1 in 16 U.S. men
  • 1 in 11 U.S. children
  • Migraine is most common between ages 18 and 44.
  • Migraine has a strong genetic component. 90% of people with migraine have a family history of migraine.

Migraine and Public Health

  • Migraine is the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world, and the 2nd most disabling illness.
  • A global data study found if you added up all the hours of healthy life lost to migraine around the world in a single year, it would total 45.1 million years of lost time.
  • Migraine costs U.S. businesses more than $13 billion each year. That number rises to $28 billion if you include direct and indirect costs of the illness.


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