Key Facts about Migraine

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Migraine Facts1. 1 in 7 people in the UK suffer from migraine.

2. It affects twice as many women as men.

3. It affects people from all age groups (even young children) and all social classes.

4. Migraine costs the UK more than £2 billion per annum.

5. The World Health Organisation has classified headache as a major health disorder and has rated migraine amongst the top 20 most disabling lifetime conditions.

6. A migraine attack can last for between 4 and 72 hours. However other migraine symptoms, such as mood changes and lethargy can last for longer as they can occur before or after the headache phase.

7. Sufferers experience an average of 13 attacks each year.

8. Migraine is more than just a headache. Other symptoms can include:

  • visual disturbances (flashing lights, blind spots in the vision, zig zag patterns etc).
  • nausea and / or vomiting.
  • sensitivity to light (photophobia).
  • sensitivity to noise (phonophobia).
  • sensitivity to smells (osmophobia).
  • tingling / pins and needles / weakness / numbness in the limbs.

9. At least 60% of sufferers never consult their GP because they mistakenly think that nothing can be done to help them. There are a wide range of effective treatments now available including new products introduced during the past year.

10. Migraine is triggered by a huge variety of factors not just cheese, chocolate and red wine! For most people there is not just one trigger but a combination of factors which individually can be tolerated but when they all occur together a threshold is passed and a migraine is triggered.

11. Migraine is a very individual condition and trigger factors and symptoms vary tremendously from person to person. A treatment which works well for one sufferer may be completely ineffective for another so if a treatment does not work do not give up. It is important to explore other options until you develop a management plan which works for YOU.

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