Migraine Action goes back to where it all began

Migraine Action invites you to Migraine Insight event in Bournemouth
Saturday 24th March 2018 9.00 - 1.00pm
Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth East Cliff, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 3AN

Migraine Action is bringing together leading headache specialists to speak at this year's Bournemouth Migraine Insight. With an estimated 50,0001 people living with migraine in Dorset, the event will provide information on this neurological condition, including the latest treatments and future developments. Migraine Insight invites all interested to learn more about migraine and taking control of the condition.

Migraine affects 1 in 7 people in the UK, with approximately 6,720,000 people living with migraine in England.2

Migraine Action started life as the British Migraine Association on 22nd March 1958 at a meeting held in Bournemouth.  Local resident Peter Wilson, a life time sufferer from migraine, brought together a dozen people with the aim of providing better information and support for those with this disabling condition.  Peter was awarded the OBE for his work in 1967.

 Simon Evans, Chief Executive of Migraine Action said:

 “I’m sure Peter would be amazed by how much Migraine Action has grown over sixty years, though perhaps dispirited that we still don’t have a cure!  New treatments are on the horizon, and soon the world may be a better place for those with migraine.”

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

For further information or case studies (available on request) please contact info@migraine.org.uk ASAP. Alternatively please call 0116 2758317.



* 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.


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.