Migraine is more than just a headache, so we scoured past comments from readers to identify some of the things migraine sufferers hear all too often.

1. “Have you tried—?”

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Fact: Despite available treatments, migraine patients still suffer. Up to 80% of patients choose to discontinue treatments within one year.¹

¹ Hepp Z et al. Adherence to oral migraine-preventive medications among patients with chronic migraine. Cephalalgia. 2015 May; 35(6):478-88.

2. “You’re probably dehydrated. Drink some water.”

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Fact: Migraine often comes with incapacitating head pain, nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances.²

² Headache Classification Committee of the International Headache Society (IHS): The International Classification of Headache Disorders, 3rd edition (beta version). Cephalalgia. 2013; 33 629-808.

3. “Oh, I get headaches too.”

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Fact: Migraine is a disease, marked by severe, recurrent headaches.

4. “But you look fine!”

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Fact: The World Health Organization ranks migraine as one of the most debilitating of all illnesses.³

³ Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 Collaborators. Lancet. 2013;386:743-800.

5. “You were okay yesterday.”

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Fact: 1 in 10 people are affected by migraine worldwide.³

³ Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 Collaborators. Lancet. 2013;386:743-800

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