More than 38 million people in the United States suffering from migraine, and they know a migraine is much more than just a headache. Despite its lack of visible symptoms, migraine can be debilitating, and it is often accompanied by excruciating pain, nausea and sensitivity to light, sound and touch. The pain can be so severe that in a 2018 survey of migraine patients, most respondents rated the worst migraine pain as higher than both the pain associated with kidney stones and broken bones. In the same survey, 91 percent of family members and caretakers of migraine sufferers said they feel “helpless” when their loved one has a migraine.
To Jennifer, excruciating pain was a weekly phenomenon, and she suffered migraine attacks nine to 15 days out of every month. It felt like she was stuck living her life at 50 percent capacity, and her migraine symptoms left her unable to fully commit to being a wife, mother and business owner. She’s not alone: 91 percent of migraine patients report missing work or the inability to function normally during migraine attack. Collectively, it is estimated that employers lose $21.5 million every year due to migraine-related absences from the workplace and $24.4 million due to lowered on-the-job efficiency.