There’s no way around it: migraines stink! As someone who has had to miss work and apply for special consideration in school due to the often misunderstood neurological disorder, I sympathize with you. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 14.7% of the world population suffers from migraines (around 1 in 7 people). Unfortunately, children are not immune to a migraine. About 4% of prepubertal age boys and girls suffer from migraines as well.
There is no doubt of the seriousness of a migraine disorder, despite the comments you might get from your coworkers, boss, or your child’s school when you try to have him excused for excessive absences. Many may cast doubt on your disorder with unfounded comments like:
“It’s just a headache”
“Why don’t you take something for that?”
“I work through my headaches, why do you need to take the day off?”
“Nausea? I thought you said you had a headache? What’s next a toothache?”