Updated: Sep 16
What is a Migraine? A migraine is a serious neurological condition, which can have debilitating effects such as pain, nausea, and visual disturbances, however, not everyone will have a ‘typical’ migraine. The exact causes of migraines are unknown and according to The Migraine Trust, there are different types of migraines.
It is estimated that over a billion people worldwide get migraine, and over 10 million in the UK. It is also estimated that 190,000 migraine attacks occur every day in the UK. It is the 3rd most common health condition in the world. Did you know that, migraines are more common than diabetes, asthma and epilepsy combined.
Migraines affect one in every five women and around one in every fifteen men and can sometimes get worse over time, but they tend to improve over many years for most people. Migraines are more commonly diagnosed in women and one explanation for this relates to hormones. Many women find their migraines improve after the menopause, although the menopause can trigger migraines or make them worse in some women too.
It has been suggested that genes may also play a role as half of the people who experience migraines also have a close relative with the condition and researchers have found that migraines affects both adults and children.
Migraines can seriously affect your quality of life and stop you carrying out normal daily activities. According to NHS, “Some people find they need to stay in bed for days at a time”.
According to the NHS, there are preventative measures for avoiding specific triggers. If you think they are the cause of your migraines, such as stress or a certain type of foods by avoiding them may help reduce your experience of migraines. They suggest there are also several treatments available to help manage the symptoms including medication, transcranial magnetic stimulation, but of course, they are not a cure and will not work for everyone.
As a migraine sufferer for over thirty years, drawing on her own experience Glennda understands that so much of her time was spent on managing her life around dealing with migraines and it was not just during a migraine attack.
“When anticipating another migraine attack my time was spent worrying. During an attack my time spent being in physical and emotional pain. After the migraine, there are feelings of guilt about the time spent on a migraine attack rather than spending it with my family”.
Change Work with Glennda offers an opportunity for a migraine sufferer to alleviate the symptoms using a rapid change work process. Glennda is aware that for adults, it’s a constant challenge to have enough time anyway and migraines can affect your quality of life.