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How Does Migraine Disorder Progress?
Fortunately, the long-term prognosis for most migraine sufferers is hopeful. Unlike many brain disorders that tend to get worse over time, migraines very often decrease in severity and/or frequency in the long term, and in some cases, migraine attacks eventually cease entirely.
A long-term study of migraine sufferers published in 2009 found that in most cases, participants experienced fewer and less severe migraine attacks within 12 years of the beginning of the study. Specific findings of the study included:
- Almost 30% of the participants were experiencing no migraine attacks at all by the end of the study.
- Of those who were still experiencing attacks, 80% reported that they were experiencing fewer attacks at the end of the study than at the beginning.
- Of those who were still having attacks, 83% reported that their migraines were less painful than they had been at the beginning of the study.
- A small percentage of participants–1.6%–reported that their attacks had progressed to a chronic level, meaning that they were experiencing 15 or more attacks per month.
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