Managing Your Migraine

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One in Seven people in the UK have migraine. Take our short quiz to discover whether you are one of them

1 in 7 people in the UK have migraine. Are you one of them?

Take our short quiz to discover whether you are a migraneur.

 
 
 
 
 

Migraine Action can help you
We can help you to identify your trigger factors and recognise early warning signs. We can also provide you with information on treatments to help bring your condition under control and keep you informed about the latest research. Migraine can be an isolating condition and we know that it is important for you to have support and understanding.

 
 
The World Health Organisation has classified headache as a major health disorder and has rated migraine amongst the top 20 most disabling lifetime conditions. 1 in 7 people in the UK suffer from migraine. It affects twice as many women as men and can affect people from all age groups (even young children) and all social classes.
There is a great deal of help available to relieve the symptoms and reduce the severity and frequency of migraine attacks, but, as yet, there is no cure for migraine. Our Managing Your Migraine leaflet looks into what migraine is, the triggers that can start an attack and an overview of the various treatments available - including over the counter painkillers, prescriptive medication, long term preventative treatment, complementary treatments and self help measures.
 
 
  Causes and Triggers
      More Information  Treatments...

Exactly what triggers a migraine is very individual to each person. For most people it is rarely just one trigger but a combination of factors which individually can be tolerated but when several occur together or accumulate, a threshold is passed and an attack is triggered.

Keeping a migraine diary can help you understand your triggers.

For more information about triggers, click here.

 

There is a wide range of treatments available, , which can be very effective in helping to manage migraines. Please click here for information about acute, preventative and complementary treatment options for migraine.

Finding the right migraine treatment is really important, as taking too much medication can make your headaches worse and cause medication overuse headaches.

 
  Who Gets Migraine?
Click on the links below to find out more about managing your migraine:
             
Migraine in Children and Young People   Migraine in Pregnancy   Migraine and Hormones   Migraine in the Over 65s
             

Young children and babies may suffer from migraines; however their symptoms are slightly different to adults. They normally get abdominal pain, together with nausea and vomiting.  The more typical migraine symptom of a headache is normally on the forehead or in the middle of the head rather than on the side, but this may not occur in all children.

Children may also experience symptoms including pallor, sometimes with dark rings around the eyes, dizziness, and confusion, lack of co-ordination or occasionally non-specific aches and pains in the limbs.

Children with migraine often have a tendency to experience travel sickness. During an attack they usually want to sit or lie down quietly and may refuse food. Their attacks are usually shorter, lasting for about 1 - 2 hours.

It is useful for children to keep a migraine diary to try and find a pattern to their attacks, which can be kept either by the child or the parent. Improvements can be achieved by avoiding things that trigger their migraine such as lack of food or long gaps between foods. Migraine attacks can often be minimised by eating small or regular meals containing slow release carbohydrates; migraine caused by a long overnight fast can often be overcome with a snack at bedtime (e.g. a bowl of cereal) and a big breakfast.

Please click here to download a number of booklets on migraine in children, aged from 8 - 17 years. Alternatively, if you would like to visit our children's website, please click here.