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Web Chat: Migraine Action Chat: Mon 22nd Feb 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 22nd February 2016.

Are you a young person suffering with migraine? Feeling misunderstood & missing out? To find out more join this chat with Migraine Action on Monday 22nd February 4:30pm – 5pm to get advice from a healthcare professional, connect with other young people, ask questions, find answers and discuss.

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Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) / 22 Feb 16:18

Hi. The chat will be starting in 5 minutes so if you have any questions about migraine feel free to post :)

DancingBear Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) / 22 Feb 16:35

if we ever do get an migraine what shall we do

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) / 22 Feb 16:24

Did you know that migraine affects 1 in 10 children and young people?

FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:24

I have really bad headaches at school, i dont know what to do?

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) / 22 Feb 16:25

Sorry to hear that. Sometimes those with migraine suffer with headaches... but many young people also get tension headaches.

FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:26

But what can cause them ?

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) / 22 Feb 16:26

We recommend drinking water to stay hydrated, eating regularly (don't skip meals) and try to reduce stress where possible.

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) / 22 Feb 16:28

Many things can cause headaches such as stress, not getting enough sleep, not eating a sufficient diet, etc. Migraines do not always include a headache believe it or not!

FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:29

Do you know what other symptoms i can look for to see if i do suffer with them?

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:30

Yes. Migraines can come with all sorts of symptoms. Many young people do experience headaches but they could also feel dizzy, nauseous, get pins and needles or feel quite agitated. Some young people get abdominal migraine with no headaches at all. They may feel sick or be sick sometimes.

FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:30

is there any other way of treating migraines can i go to the docotors?

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:31

There are options available for those with migraine. We recommend going to your GP if you think you have migraine and discussing your symptoms. Keeping a diary is a good idea as this can help them to help you better. There are pain relief medications and also supplements other options that can help.

FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:33

Do you know if there different types of migraines

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:35

Yes. There are many different types of migraine. There is abdominal migraine (as mentioned) and this is also known as silent migraine. Some young people have hemiplegic migraine which can be like having a stroke! It can be quite scary as it can lead to going numb down one side of the body or feeling very confused...

For more information on the types, you can visit www.migraine.org.uk or email info@migraine.org.uk

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) / 22 Feb 16:33

There is a type of medication called 'triptans' which are especially for migraine. Some young people get migraines so often that they may need preventative medications. Please speak to your GP or school nurse if you are worried about any symptoms or feel you may have migraine.

FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:35

Thank you so much for your help and advice, would it be worth me informing my teacher of my problem as i have to use the PC alot

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:36

Yes. We would definitely suggest that you speak to your teacher if you feel that computer screens are not helping your headaches. They may be able to support you with this or limit your time at the screen.

FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:39

Is there any over counter medication i could try out, before going to the surgery

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:40

There is over the counter medication available for migraines but this would depend on your age, weight, medical history and other factors. We would advise you to speak with your GP, school nurse or a pharmacist to find out what might be possible and if it is necessary.

FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:42

Okay one more question i have, could they be triggered due to periods?

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:45

Yes. When mentioning the different types of migraine I only mentioned a couple! But hormonal migraine is one of these... many young women get migraines at a similar time each month and this can be due to their hormonal changes. So they can be triggered by your menstrual cycle. We have lots more information about this so do feel free to email us or call our helpline on 08456 011 033.

FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:46

Okay thank you so much for all your help today.

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) / 22 Feb 16:46

Many girls get their first migraine at aged 12/13 and this is likely to be due to their hormones changing with puberty. Migraine affects twice as many women as men!

FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:48

I think i will see my GP as i feel concerned with my headaches each day

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:49

That sounds like a very good idea. Hopefully your GP will be able to advise and help you. If you need any more information after your appointment, Migraine Action can always help too. :)

FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:50

Ok thank you for the advice =)

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:51

no worries. Thank you for taking part. Please do also check out the pages on Health for Teens about migraines.

FlyingTiger / 22 Feb 16:52

i will do

Chat Health (Shinal - Moderator) / 22 Feb 16:59

Thank you for taking part in today's health chat and for your questions.

This chat is now closed!

This chat is now closed, thanks for taking part.

Should you need anymore information on this topic, have a look at:

Health for Teens: Migraine Section

Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your school nurse or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

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