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Those under 30 affected up to 6 times as likely to suffer from depression

Migraine Action invites you to Migraine Insight London. Will you help those in pain take control?

Saturday 10th October 2015 9.30am – 2:45pm

Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, WC1N 3JH

Affecting over 1 million* people in Greater London alone and costing the UK economy over £2.25 billion a year this neurological illness is more than just a headache! Migraine Action, the UK’s leading support charity for those affected by migraine, is bringing together leading headache experts at this year’s Migraine Insight London event, inviting all interested to learn more about this disabling condition and take control.

With those under 30 affected by migraine up to 6 times as likely to suffer from depression, this event will provide vital migraine information so desperately needed, including the latest treatments, to help those affected to take back control.

 Victoria Stacey, who attended the Migraine Insight Manchester in September, told Migraine Action;

“Migraine Insight Manchester Event was brilliant! I learned more about my daughter’s migraines in that morning than I have over the past two years.”
 Simon Evans of Migraine Action said;

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

Children under 17 go free, and adult 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 6,171,113 adults and 2,002,828 children

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 Andrew Curran is a practising paediatric neurologist and neurobiologist who is also committed to using his extraordinary knowledge of the workings of the human brain to make a difference in the educational experience of all young people. He spent three years in full time research following up children after brain injury and continues to work extensively in this field as a consultant paediatric neurologist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. Dr Curran is the author of the highly successful the Little Book of Big Stuff about the Brain, was a main presenter on BBC3’s Make My Body Younger and has regularly presented the science section on Five Live Saturday Edition

Dr Prab Prabhakar is a consultant paediatric neurologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Lecturer in Paediatric Neurology at UCL Institute of Child Health. He has been involved specifically in developing the Children’s Headache Services at GOSH and runs the monthly Headache Clinic with Professor Peter J Goadsby. Dr Prabhakar is also an executive council member of BASH (British Association of Study of Headaches).                                                

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.