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About migraine

Migraine disease is a disabling, neurological condition

Migraine is estimated to affect 1 in 7 people globally, is one of the leading causes of disability in the world and affects three times as many women as men.

Migraine is more than just a headache. It is a whole-body disease that can cause nausea and vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, speech difficulties, visual disturbances, neck and shoulder pain, numbness and tingling of your face or limbs, skin sensitivity, sensitivity to light and sound, brain fog and so much more.

Episodic migraine is classified as having less than 15 migraine attacks each month; chronic migraine is classified as migraine attacks 15 days or more every month.

There are many different types of migraine, and people can be diagnosed with more than one migraine type.

  • Migraine with aura
  • Migraine without aura
  • Chronic migraine
  • Migraine with brainstem aura
  • Vestibular migraine
  • Abdominal migraine
  • Hemiplegic migraine
  • Menstrual migraine

To find out more about migraine, please explore some of these trusted international websites and organisations. This isn’t an exhaustive list and we’re regularly updating the content. Please let us know if you have a resource you’d like to us to consider for inclusion on this website.

Please note: These websites are provided for informative purposes only, please consult with your healthcare professional for the treatment plan that’s right for you. Some international treatment recommendations differ from New Zealand guidelines.