I found a study conducted at the University of Vermont Medical School. The study's author is Doctor Robert Shapiro. In reading up on him just a bit, I found that he's one of the leading experts in the field of migrain research.
It's bad enough that migraine sufferers have to deal with all the physical aspects of a migraine. They include a pounding, throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound among other things. But Doctor Shapiro has found in his research that migrain sufferers also have to deal with a stigma. This stigma he says is much like that suffered by those with epilepsy and panic attacks.
He says there's an attitude by many in this country that a migraine isn't a serious of valid condition. That's something with which he couldn't disagree more. Shapiro points out that nearly 30 million Americans are affected by migraines. That number comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Many of those who get a severe migraine need best rest and some might not be able to make it into work. When they do call in with a migraine, Doctor Shapiro feels others might take it seriously.
Since migraines are pretty unpredictable, you never know when they're going to strike and they could come at the most inopportune times.
The University of Vermont Medical School's website says migraines are usually brought on by triggers and knowing what your trigger is could help prevent them. Common triggers are caffeine, alcohol and a lack of sleep. Keeping a headache diary is another way of trying to figure out what your triggers are.