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"Why Do Women Suffer More Migraines Than Men?" -Marlene Cimons

  • The Washington Post
  • New York, NY
  • (October 13, 2018)

Migraine can afflict men, women and children. But it is not an equal opportunity disorder. Of those who suffer chronic crippling migraine attacks, the vast majority are women. They are as many as 85 percent, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. Since migraines affect young women and get better with age, they are most prevalent during a time when women are expected to be most productive at home and work. Because the pain is often worse with routine activity, “people tend to remain still, which has obvious detriments towards productivity,” said Mark Green, MD, director of the Center of Headache and Pain Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “They also get light and sound sensitivity, and it is difficult to work, or even function, under those conditions.”

- Mark W. Green, MD, Professor, Neurology, Rehabilitation and Human Performance, Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Director, Center of Headache and Pain Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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