Migraine Insight helps to give back control

Migraine Action invites you to Migraine Insight event in Milton keynes
Saturday 4th March 2017 9.00 - 1.00pm
Mk Conferencing, Strudwick Drive, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes. MK6 2TG

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 Milton Keynes 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.**

Attendees from our Birmingham Migraine Insight in September 2016, told us:

"Absolutely great event have really enjoyed the day.  It's been extremely informative"

Very useful and informative, will help me to support and assist my wife in exploring treatments and managing her migraines”

Simon Evans of Migraine Action said;

“The response to our running an event in Milton keynes 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 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.

Dr Andrew Dowson is the Clinical Lead at the NHS East Kent Headache Service and NHS King’s Headache Service at King’s College Hospital in London. He qualified in medicine in 1984 and worked as a GP for several years before becoming a specialist in headache. He was the Chairman of the Primary Care Neurology Society and Headache UK – the umbrella organisation for all the UK headache charities. He is the Chairman of Migraine Action’s Medical Advisory Board.

Dr Antony Thomas has qualified in Medicine in 1989 and had post-graduate training in general medicine. His neurology training took place at St James University Hospital Leeds, Leicester Royal Infirmary and University Teaching Hospital Southampton.  He has set up a regional specialist headache service at University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire, investigating and treating severe and refractory headache disorders after having had training by the Headache Group at National Hospital Queen Square London. 

Dr Alex Valori has run the Migraine Clinic at Norwich for over 25 years. Having entered General Practice after a grounding in Surgery & Orthopaedics, he became aware of the number of patients with unresolved Headache syndromes that could not find an explanation or treatment from any specialty. In researching potential mechanisms of pain generation in Migraine and other Headaches he has formed a classification of Sub-Occipital Vectors in the neck, and designed treatments to address the pain pathways.

 

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.