Can men get migraines?
Close to 7% of men are migraine sufferers. Often, they go unnoticed even with doctors, who perceive migraine as a women’s disease. Men also have a tendency to describe their symptoms differently.
They will not say “I’m nauseous” or “light bothers me”, but will tend to isolate themselves, waiting for the attack to end.
After puberty, there are 3 women (close to 18% of the population) for every 1 man (close to 7% of the population) that suffer from migraines. Before puberty, as many boys and girls suffer from this disease. Despite these statistics, we must not forget that 1 migraine sufferer out of 4 is a man.
Why do women get more migraines than men?
For young women, menstruation and the cyclical variation of estrogen levels are responsible for an increased amount of attacks during ovulation and menstruation. Estrogen levels play a role in pain control, and besides migraine, other painful conditions such as fibromyalgia are more frequent in women.
Like several diseases mostly affecting women, migraine was stigmatised as a “neurosis” for years. Migraine is real, and it makes the lives of men and women miserable… we have to do something about it!
Contrary to migraine, cluster headaches are more frequent amongst men than women (5 times more), but remain less frequent than migraine (1/2000). Cluster headache attacks are focused on one side of the head, usually around the eye, last for less than 3 hours (migraine lasts more than 4 hours), can occur several times a day, often at the same time, and are accompanied by redness in the eye, eyelid closure or lacrimation, or a runny nose on the side of the pain.
Pain is extremely intense, amongst the most intense forms of pain recognised in medicine. It is so unbearable that it has led some to commit suicide.
If you believe you are suffering from cluster headaches, read the page “I have been told I suffer from cluster headaches” on this website.