I'M SUFFERING FROM FREQUENT HEADACHES
Living with chronic migraine means having frequent, persistent headaches.
4.9 million people in Australia suffer from migraine. 71% of migraine sufferers are women and 86% are of working age. The overall prevalence of chronic migraine in Australia is 7.61%.
Living with chronic migraine means having:
Or more days of headaches each month (also called headache days), including . . .
Or more days of headaches that have features of migraines each month . . .
Or more months
This means that you can have chronic migraine even if not all of your headaches are migraines.
Because there are different types of headaches you may find it difficult to recognise chronic migraine. But there is a simple tool that can help – check out the Identifying Chronic Migraine Screener below.
IDENTIFYING CHRONIC MIGRAINE (ID-CM) SCREENER
The ID-CM Screener can help start an important conversation with your doctor about your condition.
Complete this tool and bring it to your GP to start an important conversation about your headaches. ID-Chronic Migraine (ID-CM) is based on the screening criteria created by a team of experts. It is designed to help your doctor see if you may have chronic migraine.
Your doctor is the only one who can diagnose chronic migraine.
While the results of this screener may suggest you have chronic migraine, they do not replace a diagnosis from a qualified healthcare professional. It’s very important to discuss the results with your doctor.
It can be difficult to remember specific details about headaches and migraines you have experienced weeks or months ago. Learn about tracking your headaches with the easy-to-use Headache Diary below.
The Headache Diary can help you and your doctor better understand your headache patterns.
This tool provides your doctor with important information about your condition, including:
- The number and severity of your headaches
- Your migraine triggers
- The type and amount of over-the-counter and/or prescription medications you may be using
Now that you’re equipped with tools to help your doctor better understand your condition, you may have questions about treatment. Whether you’re considering treatment or have already tried some medications, you may have more options than you think.
If you're living with chronic migraine, there are preventative, acute, and alternative treatment options that can help manage your headaches.
Can help reduce the frequency, severity and duration of headaches
Can help relieve your symptoms after a migraine or headache starts
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May also help reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks, or help sufferers cope with migraines
Talk to your family doctor or a specialist to find out how preventative, acute, and alternative treatments may benefit you.
TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR
Talking to your doctor is an important step toward finding a treatment that's right for you.
Your doctor or a specialist with experience in treating headache disorders can help you find ways to manage your headaches and migraine.
If you’re suffering from frequent headaches, you could be living with chronic migraine. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and getting a treatment that’s right for you. If you’re currently not seeing a specialist and you think you could benefit from one, find a specialist and ask your family doctor for a referral.
To learn more about chronic migraine, explore Frequently Asked Questions.