June 2018: Migraine Awareness Month

WHEREAS, there are more than 300 different headache disorders that occur on a spectrum of severity and more than 90% of Americans experience headaches every year; and,

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization states that headache disorders are the third highest cause of global disability; and,

WHEREAS, in the United States the annual economic cost of headache disorders is conservatively estimated at over $30 billion; and,

WHEREAS, migraines impact all systems of the body and include pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, visual disturbances, tinnitus, chills, fatigue, impaired cognitive function, numbness and weakness, lasting for 4 to 72 hours on average; and,

WHEREAS, approximately 36 to 40 million Americans have migraines, of which 4 million have chronic migraines, experiencing 15 or more migraine days each month; and,

WHEREAS, cluster headaches, considered the most painful of all the headaches, affect over 500,000 Americans; and,

WHEREAS, increased awareness about the effects of migraines results in better outcomes, increased access to migraine care as well as empowerment and validation for those diagnosed;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2018 as Migraine Awareness Month in Michigan.