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13-04-2016

A free online event providing information on all aspects of migraine management and research is being conducted during the week. The goal is to provide evidence-based, high quality information which can then be discussed with your  health care professional, ideally your GP. The summit ( being organized from North America,  the substance of management and information will be applicable in Australia, some of the management pathways may be different due to the difference in our systems and the access to your General Practitioner here) is also asking for donations to various research charities, through purchase of copies of the information and gifts, but participation is free and an opportunity to improve understanding of migraine headache from world -wide list of Specialists in the field.

A migraine is a severe  headache felt as a throbbing pain, said to affect one in five women and one in fifteen men. The headache can be associated  with other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light and/or sound. They usually begin in early adulthood. it is estimated that migraine affects one billion people world wide.

The cause is unknown, but the headache results from temporary changes in the chemicals and blood vessels in the brain. About fifty per-cent of migraine sufferers have a close relative who also suffers, many have certain triggers such as tiredness, periods, stress and foods or chemicals.

There is no cure for migraine, but there are a number of treatments available including lifestyle modifications, painkillers,  anti-emetics and  triptans to help reverse the vascular changes that may be part of the headache mechanism. Medications taken daily  may also be required during a particularly severe period of frequent migraine, such as anti-seizure medication or propranolol ( also used some time ago to treat high blood pressure)

migraineworldsummit.com to register and for more information

headacheaustralia.org.au - has a quiz to help determine if the headache you suffer if a migraine and  has some migraine management  tools and information available

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