Migraine can have a large impact on a person’s life

Migraine can impair a person’s ability to function during an attack1

For many people living with migraine, attacks do not occur just every now and then.2-4

In fact, about 40% of people reported that they had 1 or more migraine headache days per week on average over the previous three months.5

Migraine causes negative effects on various areas of peoples’ lives, including impact on physical health, social activities, and family life6

Domain: Physical Function6 Impacts:
  • Difficulty with moving head and bending
  • Needing to lie down
  • Avoiding bright lights and loud noises
Domain: Everyday Activities6 Impacts:
  • Household chores
  • Running errands
  • Interacting with others
  • Performing tasks related to work and/or school
Domain: Social/Relationship/Leisure Activities6 Impacts:
  • Inability to make plans
  • Avoiding people


  1. Lantéri-Minet M, Duru G, Mudge M, Cottrell S. Quality of life impairment, disability and economic burden associated with chronic daily headache, focusing on chronic migraine with or without medication overuse: a systemic review. Cephalalgia. 2011;31(7):837-850.
  2. Mannix S, Skalicky A, Buse DC, Desai P, Sapra S, Ortmeier B, Widnell K, Hareendran A. Measuring the impact of migraine for evaluating outcomes of preventive treatments for migraine headaches. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2016;14(1):143. doi:10.1186/s12955-016-0542-3.
  3. Blumenfeld AM, Varon SF, Wilcox TK, et al. Disability, HRQoL and resource use among chronic and episodic mirgraineurs: results from the International Burden of Migraine Study (IBMS). Cephalalgia. 2011;31(3):301-315.
  4. Lipton RB, Adams AM, Buse DC, et al. A comparison of the chronic migraine epidemiology and outcomes (CaMEO) study and American migraine prevalence and prevention (AMPP) study: demographics and headache-related disability. Headache. 2016;56:1280-1289.
  5. Reed ML, Araujo AB, Nicholson RA, et al. Symptom patterns, disability, and physician visits among a US sample of people with migraine: results of the OVERCOME study. Presented at: 61st Annual Scientific Meeting American Headache Society®; July 11-14, 2019; Philadelphia, PA.
  6. Hareendran A, Mannix S, Skalicky A, Widnell K, Corey-Lisle P, Sapra S. EHMTI-0236. A qualitative study of the functional impact of symptoms on migraine patients. J Headache Pain. 2014;15(suppl 1):D53.