Migraine: Women have poorer quality of life than men, says study

Many of us are familiar with some form of the throbbing, uncomfortable, and distracting headache. As, there comes a point when work deadlines, irksome bosses, late nights, skimpy sleep schedules and traffic jams takes a toll on us. A new study published in JAPI- an Indian medical journal- shows women with migraine have poorer quality of life than

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A migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on just one side of the head. It’s often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.

Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and can be so severe that the pain is disabling. A study published in Journal of Association of Physicians of India (JAPI), an Indian medical journal, shows women with migraine have poorer quality of life than men.  Furthermore, the study also revealed hypertension as a leading significant comorbid factor amongst people suffering from migraine.

“Females are more prone to have migraine owing to hormonal reasons. It is also true that hypertension is quite common in those with migraine. But other comorbidities like depression is also commonly found in them,” said Dr Rahul Chakor, MD and DM, in charge of Neurology at TN Medical College and BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai.

The study enumerates that migraine can be severely disabling and is clearly associated with poor quality of living. ‘A total of 705 patients were enrolled with a mean age of 35.2 years. Hypertension (7.0 per cent) was the highest co-morbid illness associated with migraine’ it stated.

“Undoubtedly, women suffer much more than men even during migraine. It has a hormonal reason. This could be the reason why women have a poorer quality of life than men. I have also noticed that more number of younger women are affected with migraine than older women,” said Dr Charulata Sankhla, a consultant neurologist, P D Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research centre.