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Table 3 Daily functioning and emotional burden in migraine

From: My Migraine Voice survey: disease impact on healthcare resource utilization, personal and working life in Finland

Impact Overall 4 ≤ MMD < 8 8 ≤ MMD < 15 MMD ≥ 15 p-value
N 338 133 139 66  
Symptom burden
 Severity of pain (range from 0 to 10; mean (SD)) 7.6 (1.5) 7.5 (1.5) 7.6 (1.5) 7.8 (1.3) 0.570
 Ever spent long periods in darkness or isolated (%) 253 (74.9) 94 (70.7) 105 (75.5) 54 (81.8) 0.227
 Migraine decreases the quality of life
(“a lot” or “significantly”; %)
198 (58.6) 52 (39.1) 97 (69.8) 49 (74.2) < 0.001
Emotional burden
 Often or always feeling frustrated by migraine (%) 200 (59.2) 57 (42.9) 99 (71.2) 44 (66.7) < 0.001
 Often or always feeling hopeless or helpless by migraine (%) 123 (36.4) 37 (27.8) 54 (38.8) 32 (48.5) 0.013
 Level of fear of migraine attacks
(“a lot” or “significantly”; %)
74 (21.9) 18 (13.5) 41 (29.5) 15 (22.7) 0.006
Daily functioning
 Ever cancelled plans due to migraine (%) 317 (93.8) 116 (87.2) 136 (97.8) 65 (98.5) < 0.001
 Migraine often or always interfering with ability to think clearly or to focus on daily life activities and tasks (%) 211 (62.4) 59 (44.4) 99 (71.2) 53 (80.3) < 0.001
 Level of migraine interference with daily activities
(“a lot” or “constantly”; %)
206 (60.9) 56 (42.1) 97 (69.8) 53 (80.3) < 0.001
 Level of impairment in daily activity due to migraine (needing to stop and rest “a lot” or “always”; %) 220 (65.1) 67 (50.4) 100 (71.9) 53 (80.3) < 0.001
 Often or always lacking the energy to complete daily living or felt fatigued (%) 137 (40.5) 38 (28.6) 60 (43.2) 39 (59.1) < 0.001
 Ever had troubles of sleeping (%) 250 (74.0) 91 (68.4) 102 (73.4) 57 (86.4) 0.025
  1. The impact of migraine on daily functioning and emotional reactions among respondents in subgroups by mean monthly migraine days (MMDs). Results are presented as absolute number and percentage of respondents