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  • Membership - Migraine
    Prevention Management Migraine at School Migraine and the Leaving Cert Other Headache Chronic Daily Headache Chronic Tension Headache Chronic Transformed Migraine Medication Overuse Headache Other Primary Headache Sinus Headache Benign Exertional Headache Ice Cream Headache Caffeine Withdrawal Headache Tension Headache Cluster Headaches THE MIGRAINE Association Of Ireland Providing information support and reassurance to migraine sufferers and those with other headache disorders THE MIGRAINE Association Of Ireland Providing information support and reassurance to migraine sufferers and those with other headache disorders Latest News Latest News and Research from the Migraine World 17th July 2014 Read our submission on chronic migraine and medical card eligibility 14th July 2014 Loss of funding may cost MAI one third of staff 26th June 2014 Take this important survey on chronic migraine and medical card eligibility View All News Become a Member Sign up or Log in Events Upcoming Events from the MAI No events View All Events Membership Click for large image Membership Become a member Membership Type Member Republic of Ireland Nothern Ireland 30 00 Student OAP Unwaged 10 00 International Member 35 00 Health Professional 40 00 Please add donation amount below Membership Click for large image Membership Become a member Membership Type Member Republic of Ireland Nothern Ireland 30 00 Student OAP Unwaged 10 00 International Member 35 00 Health Professional 40 00 Please add donation amount below Donate Now Will you help us to continue our work We are only too aware of the devastating impact migraine can have upon a person s life There are half a million migraine sufferers in Ireland and we cannot reach them all without your support Please note that no fundraised money goes towards salaries Below are some of the things your donations will allow us to do Update and reprint our information leaflets Provide

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  • Donation - Migraine
    Of Ireland Providing information support and reassurance to migraine sufferers and those with other headache disorders Latest News Latest News and Research from the Migraine World 17th July 2014 Read our submission on chronic migraine and medical card eligibility 14th July 2014 Loss of funding may cost MAI one third of staff 26th June 2014 Take this important survey on chronic migraine and medical card eligibility View All News Become a Member Sign up or Log in Events Upcoming Events from the MAI No events View All Events Donation Click for large image The Migraine Association of Ireland MAI requires this information to process your application post membership related material to you and to keep you informed of events issues and opportunities relating to migraine or to the aims of the MAI Occasionally the MAI may determine that products services of appointed agents or third parties might be beneficial to our members and may be used by MAI directly to inform you of the product or service If you do not wish to receive such communication please tick the box provided Please donate Do not contact Do not contact Donation Click for large image The Migraine Association of Ireland MAI requires this information to process your application post membership related material to you and to keep you informed of events issues and opportunities relating to migraine or to the aims of the MAI Occasionally the MAI may determine that products services of appointed agents or third parties might be beneficial to our members and may be used by MAI directly to inform you of the product or service If you do not wish to receive such communication please tick the box provided Please donate Do not contact Do not contact Donate Now Will you help us to continue our work

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  • Home - Migraine
    Ice Cream Headache Caffeine Withdrawal Headache Tension Headache Cluster Headaches THE MIGRAINE Association Of Ireland Providing information support and reassurance to migraine sufferers and those with other headache disorders THE MIGRAINE Association Of Ireland Providing information support and reassurance to migraine sufferers and those with other headache disorders IMPORTANT Letter to your TD on Loss of Disability Funding Please Donate to MAI by Text Message Managing Migraine Migraine in the Workplace Migraine Specialist Clinics IMPORTANT Letter to your TD on Loss of Disability Funding Please Donate to MAI by Text Message Managing Migraine Migraine in the Workplace Migraine Specialist Clinics IMPORTANT Letter to your TD on Loss of Disability Funding Please Donate to MAI by Text Message Managing Migraine Migraine in the Workplace Migraine Specialist Clinics IMPORTANT Letter to your TD on Loss of Disability Funding Please Donate to MAI by Text Message Managing Migraine Migraine in the Workplace Migraine Specialist Clinics Latest News Latest News and Research from the Migraine World 17th July 2014 Read our submission on chronic migraine and medical card eligibility 14th July 2014 Loss of funding may cost MAI one third of staff 26th June 2014 Take this important survey on chronic migraine and medical card eligibility View All News Become a Member Your support will help us greatly Please join the MAI and receive Access to the Members section of the website A pack of information leaflets discussing various aspects of migraine Quarterly BrainStorm newsletter Sign up or Log in Events Upcoming Events from the MAI No events View All Events Donate Now Will you help us to continue our work We are only too aware of the devastating impact migraine can have upon a person s life There are half a million migraine sufferers in Ireland and we cannot reach them all without

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  • Migraine Media and Podcasts
    Primary Headache Sinus Headache Benign Exertional Headache Ice Cream Headache Caffeine Withdrawal Headache Tension Headache Cluster Headaches THE MIGRAINE Association Of Ireland Providing information support and reassurance to migraine sufferers and those with other headache disorders THE MIGRAINE Association Of Ireland Providing information support and reassurance to migraine sufferers and those with other headache disorders Latest News Latest News and Research from the Migraine World 17th July 2014 Read our submission on chronic migraine and medical card eligibility 14th July 2014 Loss of funding may cost MAI one third of staff 26th June 2014 Take this important survey on chronic migraine and medical card eligibility View All News Become a Member Sign up or Log in Events Upcoming Events from the MAI No events View All Events Home Migraine Media and Podcasts Migraine Media and Podcasts Migraine Media and Podcasts Migraine in a Minute Migraine in a Minute custom player Introduction to migraine in teenagers by clinical nurse specialist Esther Tomkins parts one and two Migraine in Teens Esther Part 1 custom player Migraine in Teens Esther Part 2 custom player Relaxation Tapes from the Stress Management Institute Dublin Home Migraine Media and Podcasts Migraine Media and Podcasts Migraine Media and Podcasts Migraine in a Minute Migraine in a Minute custom player Introduction to migraine in teenagers by clinical nurse specialist Esther Tomkins parts one and two Migraine in Teens Esther Part 1 custom player Migraine in Teens Esther Part 2 custom player Relaxation Tapes from the Stress Management Institute Dublin Donate Now Will you help us to continue our work We are only too aware of the devastating impact migraine can have upon a person s life There are half a million migraine sufferers in Ireland and we cannot reach them all without your support Please note that no

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  • Migraine › Log In
    Migraine Username Password Remember Me Lost your password Back to Migraine

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  • Login - Migraine
    Diagnosing Migraine in Children Headache in Children Migraine Triggers in Children Prevention Management Migraine at School Migraine and the Leaving Cert Other Headache Chronic Daily Headache Chronic Tension Headache Chronic Transformed Migraine Medication Overuse Headache Other Primary Headache Sinus Headache Benign Exertional Headache Ice Cream Headache Caffeine Withdrawal Headache Tension Headache Cluster Headaches THE MIGRAINE Association Of Ireland Providing information support and reassurance to migraine sufferers and those with other headache disorders THE MIGRAINE Association Of Ireland Providing information support and reassurance to migraine sufferers and those with other headache disorders Latest News Latest News and Research from the Migraine World 17th July 2014 Read our submission on chronic migraine and medical card eligibility 14th July 2014 Loss of funding may cost MAI one third of staff 26th June 2014 Take this important survey on chronic migraine and medical card eligibility View All News Become a Member Sign up or Log in Events Upcoming Events from the MAI No events View All Events Home Login Login New to THE MIGRAINE ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND Register your membership HERE Login to the Member Area below to access your account Username Password Home Login Login New to THE MIGRAINE ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND Register your membership HERE Login to the Member Area below to access your account Username Password Donate Now Will you help us to continue our work We are only too aware of the devastating impact migraine can have upon a person s life There are half a million migraine sufferers in Ireland and we cannot reach them all without your support Please note that no fundraised money goes towards salaries Below are some of the things your donations will allow us to do Update and reprint our information leaflets Provide training to health professionals Organise migraine information evenings Reprint our migraine

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  • FAQs - Migraine
    not working what else can I do If over the counter medications do not work or you are using them on more than 4 6 days in the month then you should consider a more migraine specific acute medication such as a Triptan These are available on prescription only There are six different Triptan medications available in Ireland All six work slightly differently If one doesn t work then try a different one Usually you will know after two attacks whether your Triptan is going to work for you If you find that you get extreme nausea vomiting with your attacks then taking triptans in a nasal spray rapimelt or injectable form may help Also an anti nausea drug can help in absorbing the medication e g motilium If you are having attacks more than two to three times per month then you should consider a preventative This needs to be taken daily for more than three months before you make a judgement on whether it is working You need to be patient If after three months there is no improvement then you can switch to another preventative This process can take time Keep a diary to assess whether there is any benefit and whether there are side effects You will usually start on a low dose and increase gradually to avoid severe initial side effects You need to stay on a preventative for about twelve months to break the cycle of attacks and then taper down gradually You should then be able to revert back to using acute medications If you have tried more than three to four preventatives medications without success then you should see a specialist to consider other treatment options such as an Occipital Nerve Block or Botox I can t work out my trigger factors It is essential that you keep a migraine diary if you are not already doing so This can help you to identify patterns to your attacks Write down absolutely everything you can think of in the days leading up to your attack e g foods eating and sleeping patterns emotional state weather changes in routine events hormonal issues etc Keep the diary for four to five attacks and then study it for patterns We talk about a migraine threshold this is the point you need to reach before an attack is triggered In most people it takes a combination of triggers to reach this stage so often it is not just one specific thing that is setting your attacks off Don t just focus on food this is only a factor in about 20 of cases Excluding whole food groups from your diet is not beneficial In fact triggers are not at play in every case Identifying triggers can lead to a reduced number of attacks but it is unlikely that it will eliminate attacks altogether Routine is important to those affected by migraine so try as much as possible to eat regularly sleep at similar times take exercise and keep hydrated Is my migraine linked to my menstrual cycle About 60 of women find that their menstrual cycle is directly related to their migraine This is called Menstrually related Migraine Pure Menstrual Migraine is diagnosed when attacks occur exclusively just before or during menstruation in at least two out of three menstrual cycles and at no other times during the cycle Around the time of puberty there is a rapid rise in the incidence of migraine in young women due to changes in the levels of oestrogen and this hormone will continue to play a large role in many women s migraine throughout their life For women who have Menstrual Migraine the elimination of the hormonal trigger with the onset of menopause can result in significant improvement although it is rare for attacks to disappear entirely I feel woolly headed after a migraine attack Is this normal Very much so When the headache phase is over you enter the postdrome or recovery phase This stage of the migraine attack includes symptoms such as tiredness or a feeling of being washed out Some people experience the opposite full of energy even euphoria These sensations may last for up to 24 hours I get tingling in my arm during a migraine attack Is this normal About 95 of migraine auras are visual but they often include other symptoms such as tingling What typically happens is that it starts in the fingertips spreads up the arms into the mouth and often into the tongue lasting for maybe 20 minutes These are typical aura symptoms The sensation is like that of having slept on your arm What drugs can be taken during pregnancy For most women migraine improves during pregnancy particularly in the second and third trimesters However if attacks persist only in extremely rare cases will a doctor consider medication The only drug considered safe throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding is paracetamol Before taking even paracetamol during pregnancy you should first consult your doctor Medication of any type may be harmful to the developing foetus especially in the first three months so usage should be discontinued as soon as you discover that you are pregnant Note Please remember that no drug can be considered completely without risk during pregnancy What is the best medication for migraine There is no easy answer to this question Migraine medications are very individual One person might respond very well to a particular drug yet the same drug might have no impact at all for another person So the best drug is really the one that works for you Up to a third of people with migraine can satisfactorily manage migraine with over the counter treatments such as paracetamol codeine ibuprofen or aspirin Some people find that these work better if taken with an anti nausea drug Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs are also used as a first line therapy These may be particularly useful for those who get their attacks at around the time of their menstrual cycle In recent years Triptans have become the first line medications of choice in Ireland Statistically these medications work in 60 80 of cases Why was I prescribed an anti depressant for migraine when I know I m not depressed About half the medications used for migraine were not actually developed for migraine in the first place Beta Blockers which were developed for regulating blood pressure were the first drugs to be shown to have an unintended side effect of actually helping migraine Since then low dose Tricyclic anti depressants have also been shown to help migraine In doses lower than normally prescribed for depression these drugs affect neurotransmitters in the brain that are altered at the start of a migraine attack Using these anti depressants your migraine threshold is increased making it more difficult for a migraine to occur So it is the actions that the drugs have on receptors related specifically to migraine that are beneficial rather than any actions that they have in relation to depression What is the risk of stroke if I am a migraine sufferer and am on the pill Migraine with Aura is a risk factor for stroke This risk is increased in young women who are on the pill and increased further still if you smoke However the absolute risk is still very low Those who are affected by migraine with aura should not take the combined contraceptive pill It is advisable that people with migraine with aura use the lowest possible dose AND reduce their exposure to other risk factors e g Stopping smoking is a necessity if you have migraine and are on the pill Can I use complementary treatments in conjunction with medications There is little scientific evidence for alternative complementary therapies specifically for migraine What does exist is often based on small scale studies and anecdotal stories However alternative therapies can play a part in reducing the frequency and severity of migraine We would suggest that you try to match the therapy to the trigger For example if stress is your trigger then relaxation therapy may help Always make sure you see a registered practitioner and keep your doctor informed Some herbal preparations can negatively interact with certain medications Always check the credentials of complementary practitioners before undergoing treatment and approach the treatment with the same caution and judgement that you would with any drug treatment What specialist do you recommend Migraine can usually be managed at GP level If you are unhappy with your GPs approach then you could consider moving to another local doctor Only the worst cases should be referred on to a neurologist or one of the country s specialist migraine headache centres There are five clinics in Ireland three in Dublin one in Cork and one in Galway Unfortunately the waiting lists vary from about one to two years A referral letter from your doctor is also necessary Another option is to see a consultant neurologist privately Do make sure that you see someone with an interest in migraine headache Fees per visit are about 250 but this may be covered if you have private health insurance Dr Martin Ruttledge at the Hermitage Clinic Lucan is one of Ireland s leading specialists Home FAQs FAQs How do I know if it s migraine Headache is just one symptom of migraine As well as the headache most sufferers will have nausea vomiting and or sensitivity to light sound and smells Migraine attacks last from 4 to 72 hours where as a tension type headache would usually last for just a couple of hours Migraine attacks tend to be debilitating and reduce the ability of the person affected to function unlike other less severe types of headache 20 of people with migraine will get an aura This is usually a visual disturbance which is present before the headache phase of the attack and lasts for about twenty minutes on average Other aura symptoms include pins and needles slurring of speech difficulty in articulation etc Keeping a detailed migraine diary is key to diagnosing the condition 90 of people who believe they have sinus headache actually have migraine Sinus headache is infrequent You can also be tested for sinus problems Is my migraine inherited Yes If there is a family history of the condition then this is a key indicator that you could be affected The exact mode of inheritance is poorly understood Complex genetic factors are involved increasing its risk up to fourfold If both parents suffer from migraine then you have about an 80 chance of developing migraine If one parent suffers then you have a 60 chance Most migraineurs have experienced their first attack by their late teens A 25 year old s risk of developing migraine is still much greater than the general population when both his her parents suffer from migraine Some years ago a major breakthrough was made in this field when scientists discovered that an abnormality on Chromosome 19 passed on through families was responsible for a rare type of migraine called Familial Hemiplegic Migraine Is there something serious causing the pain of migraine It is important in the first place that a correct diagnosis is established if you have headaches If you think you might have migraine you should still consult your doctor so that you can be reassured that a more sinister underlying problem is not the cause of the problem Although sinister headaches are very rare it is sometimes best to have tests such as MRI or CAT scans done to rule out other causes Migraine is itself a primary or organic headache in other words migraine is itself the problem and it is not a symptom of a more serious underlying illness Should I get a brain scan There is no test for migraine so a brain scan is not a useful tool in diagnosis However it can be used to rule out any underlying sinister secondary cause of headache Your GP will usually be able to make an accurate call on whether a scan is needed or not after taking a clinical history and performing some routine neurological tests The red flags which point to further investigation include Headache beginning after the age of forty Change in pattern of your headache Prolonged aura or repetitive aura First worst headache Headache triggered by coughing or sneezing Headache accompanied by a rash fever and or stiff neck Headache accompanied by shortness of breath or symptoms affecting eyes ears nose throat Worsening headache Thunderclap headache sudden onset severe headache Is it alright to take over the counter medications It is alright to take over the counter medications for migraine if they work However acute medication should not be taken on anymore than approximately six days per month Some neurologists will even say that four days is the maximum Remember too that it is not the number of tablets taken per month but the days per month on which you take tablets even if it is just 1 2 per day Overusing acute drugs can lead to medication overuse headache This is headache on 15 days per month over three months due to the overuse of acute medications including triptans The only cure for MOH is complete withdrawal Keep track of your use of medications in your migraine diary If over the counter medications are not working then you should look at taking the migraine specific triptans If you find that even these are not stopping the attacks or you are taking them more than 4 6 days a month then you may have to consider a preventative medication My medication is not working what else can I do If over the counter medications do not work or you are using them on more than 4 6 days in the month then you should consider a more migraine specific acute medication such as a Triptan These are available on prescription only There are six different Triptan medications available in Ireland All six work slightly differently If one doesn t work then try a different one Usually you will know after two attacks whether your Triptan is going to work for you If you find that you get extreme nausea vomiting with your attacks then taking triptans in a nasal spray rapimelt or injectable form may help Also an anti nausea drug can help in absorbing the medication e g motilium If you are having attacks more than two to three times per month then you should consider a preventative This needs to be taken daily for more than three months before you make a judgement on whether it is working You need to be patient If after three months there is no improvement then you can switch to another preventative This process can take time Keep a diary to assess whether there is any benefit and whether there are side effects You will usually start on a low dose and increase gradually to avoid severe initial side effects You need to stay on a preventative for about twelve months to break the cycle of attacks and then taper down gradually You should then be able to revert back to using acute medications If you have tried more than three to four preventatives medications without success then you should see a specialist to consider other treatment options such as an Occipital Nerve Block or Botox I can t work out my trigger factors It is essential that you keep a migraine diary if you are not already doing so This can help you to identify patterns to your attacks Write down absolutely everything you can think of in the days leading up to your attack e g foods eating and sleeping patterns emotional state weather changes in routine events hormonal issues etc Keep the diary for four to five attacks and then study it for patterns We talk about a migraine threshold this is the point you need to reach before an attack is triggered In most people it takes a combination of triggers to reach this stage so often it is not just one specific thing that is setting your attacks off Don t just focus on food this is only a factor in about 20 of cases Excluding whole food groups from your diet is not beneficial In fact triggers are not at play in every case Identifying triggers can lead to a reduced number of attacks but it is unlikely that it will eliminate attacks altogether Routine is important to those affected by migraine so try as much as possible to eat regularly sleep at similar times take exercise and keep hydrated Is my migraine linked to my menstrual cycle About 60 of women find that their menstrual cycle is directly related to their migraine This is called Menstrually related Migraine Pure Menstrual Migraine is diagnosed when attacks occur exclusively just before or during menstruation in at least two out of three menstrual cycles and at no other times during the cycle Around the time of puberty there is a rapid rise in the incidence of migraine in young women due to changes in the levels of oestrogen and this hormone will continue to play a large role in many women s migraine throughout their life For women who have Menstrual Migraine the elimination of the hormonal trigger with the onset of menopause can result in significant improvement although it is rare for attacks to disappear entirely I feel woolly headed after a migraine attack Is this normal Very much so When the headache phase is over you enter the postdrome or recovery phase This stage of the migraine attack includes symptoms such as tiredness or a feeling of being washed out Some people experience the opposite full of energy even euphoria These sensations may last for up to 24 hours I get tingling in my arm during a migraine attack Is this normal About 95 of migraine auras are visual but they often include other

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  • What is Migraine? - Migraine
    others suffer on a weekly basis An attack can last from 4 to 72 hours What makes a migraine different from a normal headache Migraine generally features a one sided throbbing headache which is episodic and lasts hours or even days with total freedom between attacks The headache is normally worsened by movement or routine physical activity Migraine has been likened to a power cut as the whole body seems to shut down until the attack is over The headache is of course just one of the symptoms albeit the most well known An attack of migraine can be very frightening The onset of classical Migraine Migraine with Aura may be signalled by visual disturbances in what is called the aura stage This affects about 20 of migraineurs Common Migraine or Migraine without aura and classical migraine may be accompanied by nausea vomiting diarrhoea confusion and in rare cases temporary paralysis and loss of speech Sensitivity to light noise and strong smells is also frequently reported Who suffers migraine Data suggests that between 12 15 of Irish people suffer from migraine this means that roughly half a million people suffer from migraine in Ireland It is estimated that migraine costs Irish businesses 252 million every year as a result of lost productivity with the average migraineur missing between 1 5 and 4 5 days from work annually Despite these staggering figures migraine remains a misunderstood and under managed condition All age groups suffer Children as young as twelve months have been diagnosed Three times more women than men suffer mainly due to hormonal changes People who are subject to migraine come in a large variety of shapes ages temperaments and personalities Migraine is hereditary in approximately 60 of cases Home What is Migraine What is Migraine Migraine is the most common neurological condition in the world affecting about 12 15 of people It is three times more common in women than it is in men and is usually inherited It is a very individual condition Some people experience only one or two attacks per year while others suffer on a weekly basis An attack can last from 4 to 72 hours What makes a migraine different from a normal headache Migraine generally features a one sided throbbing headache which is episodic and lasts hours or even days with total freedom between attacks The headache is normally worsened by movement or routine physical activity Migraine has been likened to a power cut as the whole body seems to shut down until the attack is over The headache is of course just one of the symptoms albeit the most well known An attack of migraine can be very frightening The onset of classical Migraine Migraine with Aura may be signalled by visual disturbances in what is called the aura stage This affects about 20 of migraineurs Common Migraine or Migraine without aura and classical migraine may be accompanied by nausea vomiting diarrhoea confusion and in rare cases temporary paralysis and loss of

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