National Football League Hall of Famer and Superbowl MVP, Terrell Davis, is 5’ 11″, weighs 210 pounds and took more than his fair share of big hits during his career. He also has migraine, and said: “Migraine hits you harder than anything you can ever imagine.”
Today, we are bringing to you a topic rarely discussed in the world of headache: men with headache diseases. But equally, this is also for the partners, wives, mothers, and children because men fundamentally need your help. Why? Men are less likely to get diagnosed, seek treatment or even speak to someone about their headache disorder.
This interview has been specially recorded and released on Father’s Day to honor the role that many men have in their family during Migraine and Headache Awareness Month.
Watch the full interview for answers to:
- Which headache disorders affect men the most?
- Cluster headache may affect more men than women, but are there actually more men who have migraine than cluster headache?
- Are there any other headache conditions that are prominent in men?
- How well do men cope with a headache disease?
- What do men do instead?
- Why is “manning up” the wrong approach?
- 80% of men have declared that they would seek professional help for backache or insomnia but only 40% would seek medical help for headache (Kluwer-Trotter and Lian, 2012). Why should men care about getting diagnosed?
- How might someone be putting their child at risk if they aren’t getting diagnosed or treated?
- Do we know the likelihood that a child will inherit migraine from their father? (i.e. 50%, 25%?)
- According to Migraine Buddy data, men are 43% more at risk than women of progression from episodic to chronic.
- Are men who experience frequent headache or migraine attacks likely to have other health issues?
- What has the research found about men with migraine and heart attack and stroke risk? What’s the level of absolute risk?
- How can headache disease affect men in their careers and as a parent?
- Can children and men who have had one or more concussions be at a greater risk for migraine?
- How should we evaluate whether to let our children play high-contact sports?
- What’s the bottom line? Final thoughts?