Migraine By The Numbers: Impact On Work, Productivity & The Economy

Headache and Migraine Basics | 2 Min. Read
Author: Care Tuner Migraine Team
Reviewed by: Ctrl M Health Medical Directors


Migraine’s prevalence peaks between ages 25 and 55, in the prime working years of people’s lives. It has a massive impact on the person with migraine, their workplace, and on the overall economy. Let’s look at it by the numbers.

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The Economic Toll Of Migraine

Migraine affects nearly one in 10 men and one in five women in the U.S. workforce.

People with migraine lose 4-7 workdays each year due to migraine. In addition, because they often feel unable to leave work for a migraine, employees stay on the job during a migraine attack 62% of the time, with their productivity dropping an average of 25%.

In the U.S., 113 million work days are lost to migraine, costing businesses more than $13 billion each year.

Since only diagnosed patients have been included in economic studies, and only half of migraine patients are thought to be diagnosed, the true economic loss is far greater.

The Toll On Career And Finances

For people balancing work and home, migraine has a seismic impact on their careers and finances — as well as those of their partners. One-third of people with migraine said headaches negatively affected their career, including:

    • 13% had to reduce work hours (for chronic patients, that number was 23%)
    • 7% chose less demanding work (14% of chronic patients)
    • 4% were unable to work (14.7% of chronic migraine patients)

In up to 12% of people, migraine affected the careers of their partners, who had to reduce hours, miss work, change jobs, or pass on a job they would have liked.

As a result more than 20% of people with migraine worry about losing their job due to their condition, and 32% worry about their long-term financial security.


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