This year the annual tradition is continued as Migraine Awareness Week organised by Migraine Action makes people sit up and notice.
The reason Migraine Action want to catch people’s attention is very important. A lot of people don’t really understand why migraine sufferers are in pain – and this means that they can’t sympathise with it.
I was shocked to discover that severe migraines can last up to 72 hours. This means there are people who are unable to carry out their daily routines. Furthermore, the condition can spring on people at the flick of a switch; so sometimes workers who aren’t in the next day but were absolutely fine the day before are unfairly accused of pulling a sickie.
So how can we recognise one when it happens? Migraine attacks cause an intense headache on one side of the head, and sometimes nausea or throwing up. Distorted vision like seeing flashing lights or zig-zags are also a sign – symptoms like these are known as ‘aura’.
The main thing to remember is that if what you think is a headache is so bad it’s stopping you from getting through your usual tasks, it’s most likely a migraine. For more migraine information, click here. Each year Migraine Action have a different theme so keep checking back on the official website to find out more about the 2016 theme.
So how can you get involved? The organisation would welcome anyone who could distribute awareness information packs to their local GP surgeries, pharmacies or libraries. If you are able to assist just get in touch via one of the methods listed on the contact us page. Or if you want to organise your own fundraising event check out the resources available for Migraine Awareness Week by visiting the website.
Alternatively, you could always make a donation for this important cause.