MedlinePlus site on Headache discusses: How headaches differ; tension, migraine, cluster, rebound, sinus headaches, every kind of headache you can imagine. New information on the low-tyramine diet for migraine. The helpful role of a headache diary can be found under Mayo Clinic’s “Headaches: Treatment Depends on Your Diagnosis and Symptoms”.
Migraine page at MedlinePlus provides helpful information on headache pain, prevention, common triggers, chronic migraines, symptoms, and treatment. Triptans and other drugs are under Commonly Used Acute Migraine Treatments.
Expenses for Migraine and other headaches are estimated in this AHRQ-MEPS brief. Average annual estimates on health service use and expenses for migraines in people under age 65. Estimate of 4.2% of women are affected, vs. 1% of men. Average out of pocket drug costs for migraine expenditures were $469 in 2007. In 2022 dollars, $469 is now about $730 with medical inflation. Total out of pocket for all health expenses was $1,067 ($1,661 with medical inflation to 2022). Statistical Brief #316, published March 2011. Drug treatment and insurance costs may have changed substantially since this study was completed. No updates available. However, the most recent MEPS-HC data tool shows an annual expense for people of all ages, with any type of headache in 2020. The tool shows average cost (all amounts paid) during the year for headaches was $1,644 (about $1,732 with medical inflation.) The headache prescription drug cost portion was estimated at $1,047 per person. (That is equal to about $1,100 with medical inflation.)
Compare Nevada hospital ER visit prices (2021) for common reasons people visit emergency departments. Choose illness and hospital (one hospital at a time). Compare to common charges in the county and NV average. For example, a migraine treated in ER typically cost $7,141 in NV. (Note, the median charge went up 20% per year since 2014, for migraines treated in the ER.) Consumers should also note that physician fees are extra, and NOT shown in the website prices. They may also need to add inflation factors. Prices are disease-specific. Nevada PricePoint through NV Hospital Association.