Why we fight the migraine misconceptions together

Why we fight the migraine misconceptions together 

Migraine Awareness Week 2016

This years’ Migraine Awareness Week is focused on the reality of migraine and the truth that this neurological condition is #NotJustAHeadache. But what does that mean to the individuals affected? We spoke with migraine sufferers Alexandra and Megan about their migraine experiences and why they feel it is so important for further education in the wider public. 

Alexandra told us, “Migraines run in my family, so I already understood that they are not easily treated. I think that like me, many migraine sufferers have learned that One Size DOES NOT FIT all with treatments! For my migraine treatments, simple things help that don't require too much money. Camomile tea and nettle have calming hydrating anti-inflammatory /antispasmodic properties. I also eat foods such as oats and porridge with banana, which not only release energy slowly and are filling, but filled with essential vitamins such as magnesium, potassium and tryptophan. Plus they are easier to digest if your migraines induce nausea. It has at times been the only thing I can face.

Like all migraine misconceptions, assumptions are made about what is good or bad for a migraine sufferer that may not always be true. Every migraine sufferer will be individual, and it's about finding what works to help them. Alexandra told us "Although not the case for everyone, sunlight actually helps my migraines and sitting out in warmth of sun is always beneficial.

"I think it's a particular worry that children with migraine might lack support and some won't reach their academic and social potential, missing out on important years of their life for retaining knowledge. All teaching professionals and school nurses need to know the migraine facts!"

Megan, 17 from Newcastle, told us “I can't remember my exact age I had my first migraine attack, but I always remember having headaches as a child. About the age of 13 I remember specifically getting migraines, but my first attack which caused me extremely severe pain was when I was 15. I nearly had to go to A&E because I felt like I was going to pass out. The pain I felt was the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life. When I received a diagnosis, I felt relieved because I was convinced it was something more serious like a tumour! Now I know my triggers are stress and light which I am trying to manage.

I'm lucky that my mum suffers from migraines too so she understands. I'm also lucky in the fact my boss does too so it's not that bad! But my migraines have really affected my education and ability to get a job. I can't really study for long periods of time and I've found it hard to get employment. Right now I only have a summer job, so I will be jobless again soon. It's hard to get employment when your employer thinks you’re a liability.”

Until there’s a cure for migraine, we are here to help all those affected take control and ensure they receive the respect and help they deserve from all those around them. If you would like to help us reach even further and support even more of the 1 in 7 affected by migraine in the UK become a Migraine Action member today! To find out more, click here

 

If you would like to share your migraine experiences and help destroy misconceptions, get in touch at info@migraine.org.uk. Together we can fight the migraine misconceptions!


Until there's a cure, "I would like migraine sufferers to know that even though the pain feels endless, you will find a way to manage it and cope" Megan

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