Migraine

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What is migraine?

Migraine is a neural condition characterized by recurrent headache and may be accompanied by nausea, noise sensitivity, and photophobia, sometimes preceded by sensory disturbances (aura).  Triggers of migraine episodes vary widely and may include allergic reactions, diet, alcohol, and bright lights.

Common symptoms reported by people with migraine

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with migraine

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
125
Tried for
migraine headaches (114) migraine (12)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Imitrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
118
Tried for
migraine (90) migraine headaches (51)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
pain (55) migraine (13)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
migraine (37) pain (35)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
migraine headaches (20) pain (20)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
55
Tried for
migraine headaches (47) anxious mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
52
Tried for
pain (32) migraine (30)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
50
Tried for
pain (45) migraine headaches (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
49
Tried for
migraine (36) migraine headaches (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
48
Tried for
migraine (38) pain (12)
2 more

Data from patients with migraine, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with migraine

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (80 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite weight loss 88 more
Total evaluations
87
Tried for
migraine headaches (114) migraine (12)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Imitrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (40 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue burning sensation 43 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
migraine (90) migraine headaches (51)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (33 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue weight gain 20 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
pain (55) migraine (13)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (24 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux chronic kidney disease 4 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
migraine (37) pain (35)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (14 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 18 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
migraine headaches (20) pain (20)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (25 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness anxious mood 20 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
migraine headaches (47) anxious mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
acid reflux deep itching 11 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
pain (32) migraine (30)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea constipation 12 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
pain (45) migraine headaches (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (19 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 13 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
migraine (36) migraine headaches (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (12 evaluations)
Side effects
allergic reaction bruising 5 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
migraine (38) pain (12)
2 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with migraine, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has migraine on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 44
20s 777
30s 2181
40s 3459
50s 2968
60s 1331
70+ 230
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3156
20-29 years 1257
30-39 years 698
40-49 years 350
50-59 years 81
60-69 years 11
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1126
Female 9907

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Chronic migraine (>15 migraines/month) 162
Complex confusional migraine 26
Complex migraine 59
Hemiplegic migraine 26
Menstrual migraine 59
Migraine with brainstem aura (basilar migraine) 52
Mixed tension migraine 73
Ocular migraine 56
Silent migraine 29
Vestibular migraine 21
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6589
Not Diagnosed 421

These charts show data from migraine patients who have completed their condition history
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