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Migraine is the leading cause of disability in Australia. There are over five million migraine patients in Australia. The cost to the Australian economy during 2018 was nearly $40 billion. This disorder continues to be the most neglected, least respected, worst managed brain disorder in the world, certainly in Australia.
This disorder is stigmatized to the extent that there is very little teaching on this topic in our medical schools and even in neurology specialist training programs. We are determined to change this forever. This is something that together, we can definitely change!
Let us show the power of people. Let us rally around this disabling disorder and promote better brain health for everyone with a massive advocacy program. Let us change the generations of lack of equity in health care between east and west of Melbourne. This is the greatest country in the world and we are citizens with equal rights to access to care and access to good specialists irrespective of our suburb or background. Let us fight against migraine together!
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I remember my reaction when someone would suggest a natural remedy for my debilitating migraine disease.
“They were one of those people who thought a migraine is just a headache,” I would quickly assume. They clearly had no idea on just how debilitating migraine can be – the sensitivity to every light and sound, nausea and vomiting, and the pain.
Like many others, migraine often landed me in the emergency room. But I got to a place of realization that despite my doctor’s best efforts, I was still experiencing debilitating migraine attacks. I was still on board with his plan for care, but I realized I needed to be proactive in preventing migraine attacks.
That’s when my eyes were opened to a world of holistic care and natural remedies – yup, the ones that I had been dismissing. To my surprise, food, yoga, and essential oils ultimately became my best strategies for reducing both the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks.
Essential oils seem to be the least understood, but can be extremely effective remedies, in the context of holistic care. So I’d love to shed some light on them for the migraine community.
A recent study published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain underscored the need for sleep among adolescents with migraine, according to the study’s lead author.
Amy Gelfand, MD, FAHS, of the University of California at San Francisco and colleagues studied the effect of high school start times on high school students with migraine. Researchers found that teenagers with migraine are getting “nowhere near” the recommended minimum of 8 hours of sleep for their age group, Dr. Gelfand says.
“On average, they’re getting somewhere between 5.5 and maybe 6 hours of sleep per night, regardless of if they went to a school that starts later or earlier,” Dr. Gelfand says. “That is well under what they need for their health and to learn; perhaps for migraine control too, but we don’t really know.”
Migraine affects 1 in 7 people around the world, but this disease continues to be under-recognized, under-diagnosed and under-treated. Despite the impact of migraine and other headache disorders, there is only one accredited headache specialist for every 80,000 patients in the United States, meaning countless patients do not receive the care they need. Awareness is essential to reducing stigma, advancing migraine research and increasing patient access.
I sat staring at my phone, anxiously hitting the refresh button. The FDA was slated to announce their approval of Amgen’s new migraine prevention drug sometime today and the sun was beginning to set. As darkness began to fall, my heart began to beat faster.