350,000 people in Manchester alone affected

Migraine Insight Comes To Manchester

Saturday 26th September 2015 9.30am – 1pm

Novotel Manchester Centre, Manchester, M1 4LX

Not just a headache, the misunderstood neurological condition of migraine, costs the UK economy over £2.25 billion a year! But 40% of the UK population do not even visit their health care professional as they do not think anything can be done. That’s why Migraine Insight invites all interested to learn more about migraine and taking control of the condition.

Will you help us reach affected by migraine?

Migraine Action, the UK’s leading support charity for those affected by migraine, is bringing together leading headache experts Dr Andrew Dowson, Dr Jitka Vanderpol, and Dr Fayyaz Ahmed to speak at the at this year's Manchester Migraine Insight. With an estimated 350 thousand* people living with migraine in Greater Manchester, this event will provide vital information on this neurological condition, including the latest treatments, to help those affected to take back control.

Migraine affects 1 in 7 people in the UK, with approximately 6,720,000 people living with migraine in England.**

Attendee of Cambridge Migraine Insight in April, Helen Atkins, said;

I have had migraines for 43 years and I left the Migraine Insight meeting feeling empowered, with a plan of action and new things to try. Thank you very much.”

Simon Evans of Migraine Action said;

“The response to our running an event in Manchester has been astonishing. We are delighted to be bringing new ideas and hope to the many people whose lives are blighted by migraine in the area.”

Places can be booked for just £12 by calling 08456 011 033 or visiting www.migraine.org.uk.

For further information or case studies (available on request) please contact press@migraine.org.uk ASAP. Alternatively please call 0116 249 5772.


* Calculated from UK 2011 Census; Total of 2,006,145 adults and 676,383 children

**Neurological Alliance “Measuring up: improving the collection of neurological data and intelligence” April 2014.


Notes to Editors

1 in 7 people in the U.K. suffer from migraine, affecting people from all age groups (even young children) and all social classes

It affects over twice as many women as men.

Migraine costs the U.K. around £2.25 billion per annum.

The World Health Organisation has classified headache as a major health disorder and has rated migraine amongst the top 20 most disabling lifetime condition

A migraine attack can last for between 4 and 72 hours.

Sufferers experience an average of 13 attacks each year.

Migraine is more than just a headache. Other symptoms can include:

  • visual disturbances (flashing lights, blind spots in the vision, zig zag patterns etc.);
  • nausea and vomiting;
  • sensitivity to light (photophobia);
  • sensitivity to noise (phonophobia);
  • sensitivity to smells (osmophobia);
  • tingling/pins and needles/weakness/numbness in the limbs.

Around 60% of sufferers never consult their G.P. because they mistakenly think that nothing can be done to help them. There is a wide range of effective treatments now available including new products introduced during the past year.

Migraine is triggered by a huge variety of factors not just cheese, chocolate and red wine! For most people there is not just one trigger but a combination of factors which can be tolerated individually but when they all occur together a threshold is passed resulting in a migraine attack.

Migraine is a very individual condition and trigger factors and symptoms vary tremendously from person to person. A treatment, which works well for one sufferer may be completely ineffective for another.

There is no cure for migraine but it is a condition that can, in most cases, be effectively managed.

Dr Andrew Dowson is the Director of the NHS King’s Headache Service at King’s College Hospital, London. He qualified in medicine in 1984 and worked as a GP for several years before becoming a specialist in headache. He is Chairman of Migraine in Primary Care Advisors, a charity which promotes headache management in primary care, and of international organisation ‘Headache Care for Practising Clinicians’ – a group of similar organisations from around the world. Dr Dowson is also Chairman of Migraine Action’s Medical Advisory Board.

Dr Jitka Vanderpol Consultant Neurologist, Clinical Director, Neuroscience Service Development at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has a special interest in headaches and works closely with the Headache Forum Cumbria, recently set up in the area. Dr Vanderpol and her team recently won 2015 Bright Ideas health Award for work on the effects of cryotherapy (non-pharmacological treatment) in acute migraine attacks.

Dr Fayyaz Ahmed, Consultant Neurologist at Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, has a specialist interest in migraine and other headaches, movement disorders, the use of botulinium toxin in the various neurological disorders. Dr Ahmed is also the chair of British Association for the Study of Headache (BASH)
Migraine Action is a registered charity, which provides support and information to migraine patients and their families, and raises general awareness of this still much-misunderstood condition. Its activities also include fund raising to support specialist migraine clinics and research into the diagnosis, treatment and cure of migraine and other headache disorders. The charity has a quarterly newsletter (for members), a telephone help line and website providing up to date information, as well as numerous leaflets on all aspects of migraine and its treatment. The charity is a totally independent membership charity and its core work is funded solely by donations and membership subscriptions. For further information on migraine and its management, please contact the Migraine Action, 4th Floor, 27 East Street, Leicester, LE1 6NB, Tel: 0116 275 8317 or visit www.migraine.org.uk.