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20% of UK women suffer from migraine

migraineThe World Health Organisation says migraines are among the top 20 disabling conditions and affect 20% of the women in the UK and so why is so little is being done about the situation.

In the UK almost 20% of the women and 6% of the men suffer with Migraines a genetic disorder. The tendency is to affect those with a hyper-excitable brain and is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. A hyper-excitable brain is more susceptible and sensitive to pain.

The impact of hormones on the brain is thought to cause condition, one such hormone is oestrogen. The stage of life also changes the incident rate, for example in children the rate is the same between boys and girls but after puberty it changes to the 3 to 1 ratio of women to men. Then once menopause takes hold the ratio returns to about even between the sexes.

Sufferers report disturbances in vision, great pain head pain, neck pain, tickling sensations, nausea and vomiting.

It is thought that diet also has to do with the tendency of migraines. If people track their diet and can determine what they may have eaten prior to an attack, then by eliminating that from the diet will help.

Chocolate is one such food that sufferers say triggers an attack, but a craving for the sweet, can be a warning sign an attack is imminent. Caffeine, alcohol, dehydration, stress and lack of stress can all trigger the condition.

Asking your employer for breaks when an attack comes on is important and it is important that employers understand this as well.

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