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Airing Pain 25: A Heads-Up on Migraines

How to man­age migraines: patients and experts share their thoughts.

This pro­gramme was fund­ed by Pain Concern’s sup­port­ers and friends.

Nine out of ten peo­ple report a life­time his­to­ry of head pain and 2012 has been des­ig­nat­ed the Glob­al Year Against Headache by the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion of the Study of Pain. Paul Evans finds out more about migraines from Dr Giles Elring­ton of the Nation­al Migraine Cen­tre in Lon­don. We also hear from peo­ple who live with chron­ic migraine about their expe­ri­ences, what trig­gers their episodes and the treat­ments they’ve tried, and Heather Sim tells us the steps to take to get referred to a migraine clinic.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Migraines, headache, trig­gers, patient expe­ri­ences, fatigue, nau­sea, neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions, trigem­i­nal auto­nom­ic cepha­lal­gias, clus­ter headaches, neck pain, pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary headache, dai­ly rou­tine, blood sug­ar, sleep pat­tern, diary keep­ing, refer­ral, brain dis­or­der and visu­al auras.


  • Dr Giles Elring­ton, Med­ical Direc­tor, Nation­al Migraine Cen­tre, London
  • Heather Sim, Chief Exec­u­tive of The Nation­al Migraine Centre
  • Patients includ­ing: Keri Bucholz, Emma Williams and Chris Whitehouse.


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