Dr Sarah Jarvis presents Migraine Action's BBC Radio 4 Appeal

Migraine Action's BBC Radio 4 Appeal!

We are so excited to announce that this week we at Migraine Action have been at the BBC, with Dr Sarah Jarvis, recording our BBC Radio 4 Appeal. The appeal will air on BBC Radio 4 on the 7th June and we can't wait for you all to hear it! 

                                                      Dr Sarah Jarvis appeal for Migraine Action

You may recognise Dr Jarvis from the BBC One Show or as a regular guest on The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2. We spoke to Dr Jarvis about her experience with migraine;

“I get almost all of my migraines at the weekends or when I’m on holiday, which has a huge impact on my working life as well. I do not suffer aura but for a few hours before the migraine starts I am suddenly overwhelmingly tired. The throbbing is almost always on the left hand side of my head, and I am intensely sensitive to light and sound. I feel nauseous, dizzy and lightheaded, and find it difficult to concentrate. Being out in daylight is almost unbearable (even a brightly lit room at night is impossible). I’m pretty good at soldering on when I feel unwell (20 years as a full time working mother has seen to that!) and I wouldn’t dream of stopping work for a tension headache, but with a migraine just walking across a room can seem like having to climb a mountain!

I had less severe migraines for years, but they became much worse 6 years ago during a very stressful period of my life. I’ve tried taking combinations of painkillers (paracetamol or aspirin with ibuprofen) as soon as the headaches started, and triptan tablets. For me, giving up caffeine has dramatically reduced my migraines – I wasn’t drinking more than about 4 cups of coffee a day but I had to quit completely.” 


Dr Jarvis is supporting Migraine Action to help us continue to advice and support all those affected by migraine, and break down the stigma that “migraine is just a headache”. Tune into BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 7th June at 7.55 am and 9.26 pm. You can catch the appeal again on Thursday 11th June at 3.27 pm or listen after the first broadcast at the BBC Radio 4 website

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