Men and migraines: quitters, lazybones

"Migraines are a headache, even if you do not have any" - with this thesis already Erich Kästner explained in his book "Pünktchen and Anton" all migraine sufferers to simulators. In women who are actually more likely to suffer from migraines than men, the pain sometimes painful are accepted more often than real complaints. But men have a hard time. In professional life, they are often considered quitter. About ten million people are affected by migraine in Germany. Although mostly women suffer from the half-sided, pulsating pain, more than one third of the patients are men. The symptoms of migraine are a huge burden for those affected, but also for relatives. During a migraine attack, a normal daily routine is often unthinkable. For many men, migraine is a big problem, especially in the workplace. Know the colleagues only know, the victims do not need to wait for the ridicule. Migraine sufferers are considered mentally unstable, not resilient and career unfit.

In men, migraine is even less accepted

Many men therefore hide their complaints as much as possible and suggest other illnesses. Often they do not admit themselves to their illness themselves and care only in rare cases for a treatment.

"This problem is generally present in men, " emphasizes Dr. med. Dietmar Krause from the Forum Schmerz in the German Green Cross e. V., Marburg. Men often go to the doctor too late or not at all. "In migraine sufferers, this behavior can have consequences, " says the Marburg pain expert. Frequent migraine attacks can be a risk factor for chronic symptoms.

Individual treatment

"Both for acute therapy and for prevention, an individual treatment can be tailored today, " explains Krause. In light migraine attacks speaks from the point of view of the German Migraine and Headache Society (DMKG) nothing against the use of over-the-counter painkillers. With frequent and long-lasting migraine attacks, however, a medicinal prophylaxis makes sense. This reduces the frequency, severity, and duration of the attacks.

"The most important thing is not to shy away from the path to the doctor, " said pain expert Krause. With a personal therapy in the luggage can be mastered even for migraine men everyday life better.

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