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Webchat: Migraine Awareness 11.09.2017 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 11th September 2017.

Keep getting Migraines or know someone who suffers with them? Do you want help and support? Join us online on Monday 11th September at 4.30-5pm to talk about Migraines. Ask a professional from Migraine Action about the facts and what can help.

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Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 11 Sep 16:27

Join us in 5 minutes for todays chat on migraine. Do you need some advice or support, ask us your questions

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 11 Sep 16:31

Welcome to today's chat on Migraines

Migraine is one of the most common health disorders
affecting the body’s nervous system and lots of research
is being done into what exactly causes them. Despite what
people might say, it is much more than just a headache!

In fact, migraine can affect the whole body and can result in
many symptoms, sometimes without a headache at all.
Those who suffer with migraine will understand how
challenging, painful and disruptive it can be. Symptoms are
different for everyone and many younger children experience
their migraine as abdominal pain with no headache at all.

Do you or one of your friends or family suffer from migraine?

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 11 Sep 16:33

Some young people may experience a migraine attack each week; others may go for months before they have another attack.

You may only have two attacks a year; someone else may have two attacks a week. The average number of attacks is around one a month.

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 11 Sep 16:38

Attacks in young people are often shorter than those in adults. A migraine may last for an hour, but some people have attacks which last for as much as three days. You may also feel ‘washed out’ and not yourself for a couple of days after an attack.

There are things you can do to try to reduce the length and severity of an attack when it starts - such as drinking some water, resting or taking some painkillers, like paracetamol.

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 11 Sep 16:44

Many young people experience their first attack around the time of puberty. This is due to the changes in hormones in the body – as hormones can be a ‘trigger’for migraines.

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 11 Sep 16:48

Stress can be a key migraine trigger when it comes to taking your exams and it is not
surprising if you feel very pressured and worried giving you a migraine. You may feel
extra stress at exam time particularly if you have had to take time off from school
due to migraine and feel a bit behind in your class. It is important to try to balance
your study with enough time looking after yourself; make sure you eat regularly, get
some exercise and fresh air and get enough rest / sleep.

If you have missed a lot of time from school or college due to your health, this can
be taken into account by exam boards. Speak to your parents / carers as Migraine
Action has a template letter for doctors who are asked to give confirmation of your
migraine and the effect it has on you.

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 11 Sep 16:55

Symptoms may include:
Headaches, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain,
Visual changes (blind spots, zig-zags, flashing lights, etc)
Feeling sensitive to light, sound or smells
Pins and needles
Tingling or numbness
Dizziness or vertigo
Difficulty concentrating
Slurring or speech problems

If it is your first migraine you may find it quite scary and you should always seek advice from your GP if you are worried about your symptoms

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 11 Sep 17:01

Thank you for joining today's chat. Remember, migraines have been around for a long time, and are WAY more common than you realise. All of the information shared in today's chat was provided by Migraine Action, below is a message from them.

At Migraine Action, we are here to listen and provide the right information to help
you manage your migraines. Contact our friendly helpline today on 08456 011 033.

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 or:,uk


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

You can text your Public Health Nurse through the ChatHealth messaging service which runs Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.  If you go to school in Leicester City please text 07520 615386, if you go to school in Leicestershire County or Rutland then please text 07520 615387.

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