Migraine Action study highlights the true impact of migraine

More than just a headache, what is the real impact of migraine on those affected?

In a recent study conducted by Migraine Action, in the last 6 months migraine has prevented:

  • 86% of respondents from being able to do something they enjoy
  • 75% being unable to be physically active
  • 63% of respondents from being able to attend work


Of those respondents still at school, 50% said that their migraine attacks had prevented them from sitting an exam!

More than just a headache, migraine is a neurological condition with an enormous impact on all those affected, including their future potential.

Simon Evans, CEO to Migraine Action said, “Education is desperately needed by the wider public on the affect and impact migraine can have on the eight and half million sufferers in the UK. There is no cure for migraine, but with understanding and the right support, control can be found.”

To support the education of migraine in the wider public, we, here at Migraine Action, have launched a new migraine artwork website for everyone to freely use; www.migraineart.org.uk. We hold one of the few migraine art collections in the world.

Migraine Action launches new Art Collection website

The collection, which includes over 500 pieces, contains a huge variety of expressions of what it means to experience life with migraine. The artists come from every walk of life, and include works by both adults and children. The collection includes depictions on a variety of subjects, from visual patterns experienced by those with visual aura, to the pain aspects of what a migraine really feels like.

Dr Katherine Foxhall, Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Leicester, who worked on the project, said "For hundreds of years, people have attempted to describe their experiences of migraine. The Migraine Art collection is a globally unique and precious resource, giving vivid, often visceral, expression to the pain, disruption and visual effects of migraine. I am delighted to have been able to work with Migraine Action to make the whole collection of more than 500 artworks publicly and freely available for the first time in digital format. I hope that people living with migraine might find something of their own experience reflected in the work of others, and that others, who simply want to learn more about this extremely common but much under-estimated condition, will find the website insightful. Above all, I hope that all visitors to the website will find a rich and fascinating collection of extraordinary images." 

Evans said, “We very much hope that the digital collection will lead to greater understanding of the complexities of migraine and help those affected know that they are not alone.”

Visit Migraine Action's art collection now at www.migraineart.org.uk 


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