“I have a migraine” is the number one reason people give when calling in sick to work and the resulting sick leave costs the economy millions of dollars in lost work hours every year, according to a survey done by the Migraine Action Association. And it’s a legitimate problem: In the Migraine American survey, one out of four sufferers said they had to stop working, took medical leave, or reduced their work hours due to their head pain. Eighty-seven percent said their migraines interfered with their schooling or job training.
Migraine treatments are varied, often a patchwork of medication and lifestyle modifications, but they have one thing in common: They aren’t cheap. Ninety percent of sufferers said they had to see a doctor and 50 percent said they had to go the emergency room, at least once in the past year for their migraines. In addition to co-pays they also pay for expensive prescription and over-the-counter drugs to prevent and manage their symptoms. Next, try starting a few of these 32 everyday habits that will reduce your risk of getting headaches.