Migraine Sufferers Report Substantial Health Impairment
Patients in this study had an average of 4 migraines per month. The study used the Health Utilities Index (HUI) questionnaire, a generic and widely used instrument that covers vision, hearing, speech, ambulation, dexterity, emotion, cognition, and pain. Patients had an average HUI score of 0.62 on a scale of 0 (representing death) to 1 (representing perfect health). This is worse than scores reported in other studies of the general population (0.78 for those aged 45 to 64 years), patients with heart disease (0.66), and patients with Type 2 diabetes (0.64). Among this group of patients, health status worsened significantly as headache frequency increased.
This reinforces what all of us know through our own experiences, but it is still nice to see that we're not freaks or weaklings. Many of us are dealing with the same level of impairment due to our migraine disease.
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