Today I'm calling out to all migraine sufferers to take action against their migraines - or perhaps you have a friend or family member that suffers? Either way - do something about it now. It's not going to just go away (unless you are very lucky!)
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Perhaps you are feeling like there is no hope and you just have to put up with the pain? Perhaps you have been to your doctors numerous times and been fobbed off with medication you don't really understand? Perhaps you feel like you are making a big deal out of nothing?
Believe me, I know how you feel. It's exactly how I felt and is the reason I left it so long to get proper help. The best thing I ever did with regards to my migraines was making an appointment with the National Migraine Centre. If you haven't heard of them, they are a London based charity run by top migraine specialists doctors. Unlike going to the GP - these doctors deal with migraines every single day and they really know their stuff. I'm not knocking our GPs - but did you know they only have 4 hours of training on migraines in their whole training? That's why as migraine sufferers we need to see a specialist.
The National Migraine Centre is open to anyone. It's a charity which means appointment fees are simply donations. It costs the charity £216 for every appointment - so they ask for a donation of £100. Before you stop reading thinking that's too much money - ask yourself this: how much of an impact do your migraines have on your life? How many days have you had off work due to a migraine attack? How many different prescription drugs have you tried and paid for that now simply sit in your medicine cabinet? How many gigs/plays/dinners/social events have you missed due to a migraine? In the grand scheme of things - £100 is not a lot if you can get your life back and manage your migraines. If you really can't afford £100, then that's fine - The National Migraine Centre simply ask you to donate whatever you can.
I've written before about my experiences of migraine and how I came about going to the National Migraine Centre. You can read about it here.
So migraine sufferers (or friends and family of migraneurs) you don't need to suffer with this awful illness. No, there isn't a cure but there is support to help you manage them more effectively and start living life to the full rather than in a darkened room!
If you are nervous about making an appointment or don't know what to expect, then please feel free to leave me a comment or email me. They've given me so much support and it's made such a massive difference to my life - so I'm more than happy to answer any questions you might have!