What is a migraine?

Migraines are headaches that typically last from 4-72 hours and you may experience nausea and vomiting as well as sensitivity to light or sound. Migraine sufferers frequently report throbbing pain that worsens with normal activity.

Migraines are associated with auras in some people. Auras are warning symptoms that may occur before you experience a migraine. These warning symptoms usually consist of visual disturbances such as flashing lights, or changes in smell or perception.

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Migraine Fact Sheet

Who experiences migraine?

Migraine is a very common condition, yet many patients remain undiagnosed or untreated. There are more than three million migraine sufferers in Australia, meaning that more people suffer from migraine in Australia than diabetes, asthma, or coronary heart disease. Elvis Presley, Stephen King, Serena Williams, and Princess Margaret are just some of the famous people who have suffered from migraines.  Studies indicate the incidence is 12-15% of the population.

Migraine is also a very debilitating condition, affecting your ability to function in everyday life. Nearly all people who suffer from migraines report a reduction in social activities and work capacity.