Migraine headaches are, as we all know and as sufferers can personally attest, excruciatingly painful. Chronic pain can be incredibly frustrating, especially when it's difficult to determine viable treatments. That frustration, over time, can lead to despondency and despair. In the end, sadly, suicide may be the final decision of the migraine sufferer.
Research published in 2012 found that suicide is more common among individuals suffering from migraines, cluster headaches, and other types of recurring head pain. The 2012 study (1), conducted by a team at Michigan State University, had a similar conclusion to previous studies: suicide correlates highly to long-term pain.
The study looked at the behavior of over 1000 Michigan residents. About half were a control group; of the other half, approximately three quarters were migraineurs, and the rest suffered from other types of intense headaches.
The analysis lasted 24 months, charting depression in individuals with typical headaches, migraine headaches, and neither. The suicide attempt rate among both the headache and migraine populations was the same: 1 out of 10. The attempt rate for the control group, over the same period, was only 1 out of 100. These statistics underscore how critical headache and migraine help is for those living with head pain every day.
Migraines have often been categorized and studied separately from other headaches, for a variety of reasons. One factor that differentiates the migraine is the typical level of pain, which is usually more intense than with a standard headache.
Another is that migraine headaches are often more sophisticated: symptoms such as vomiting, photophobia (light hypersensitivity), and unilateral (single-sided) pulsing can be involved. A migraine aura, an enigmatic sensory perception such as dots or lines in the field of vision, may occur as well.
This study revealed that when assessing depression strong enough to push patients to take their own lives, none of the attributes specific to migraine really matter all that much. It is, in fact, all about the pain. While migraine pain is usually stronger, some tension or cluster headaches can be debilitating and persist for hours on end.
Not all headaches are migraines, and not all migraineurs experience the migraine aura. However, individuals undergoing chronic head pain have one trait in common: the desire for real, lasting relief. With the dual treatment strategy of MiRx Protocol™, immediate alleviation is now possible, along with a stable path forward. Reach out today.