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
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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, both orthodox and complementary, which can be very effective. However, migraine is a complex condition, and a treatment that is successful for one person may have no effect or produce unacceptable side effects for another. It is important to persevere until you develop a management plan that works for you. Please click here for information about acute, preventative and complementary treatment options for migraine.
  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

Many people find that their migraine becomes less troublesome as they get older, but for some people unfortunately, it can continue into their 70s or 80s. The headaches normally become less severe but the aura symptoms can become more prominent, sometimes occurring for the first time. Preventative medication may be required if the attacks become more frequent.

Occasionally migraines can start for the first time later on in life, or recur after many years. If this happens you should consult your GP to confirm the diagnosis, and rule out any other or more serious conditions.

Some of the effective migraine drugs such as the triptans are not licensed for use by individuals over 65 years. This is because they have not been adequately tested in this age group; however, they can be prescribed at the doctor's discretion depending on the general health and medical history of each individual.

Please click here to download a booklet about migraine at 65.