Migraine Very Debilitating (WHO) (Title Corrected)

2009 August 18

Reported in the Guardian, the World Health Organisation (WHO) describes the effect of migraine [http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/aug/18/headache-migraine-treatment]:

… the World Health Organisation has ranked a day with severe migraine as disabling as a day with quadriplegia, psychosis or dementia [emphasis added]. It is not a psychological illness: “Migraine is very clearly a brain disorder,” says Dr Paul Shanahan, consultant neurologist at the Headache Group, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. “There are changes in activity of certain brain regions which occur during an acute migraine attack that give rise not just to pain, but a wide variety of symptoms. It’s not ‘just a headache’, and it’s certainly not psychological.”

This certainly echoes my own experience, as well as that of all other sufferers I have ever spoken with.


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