28th May 2020

The impact of the crisis on migraine

A significant number of people’s migraine has worsened

Over two thousand people completed our survey into the impact of the crisis on people’s migraine.

It found that a large number (58%) of people’s migraine has worsened since the beginning of March.

A significant number (46%) of people attributed it to increased stress, 18% reported that it was worse because their lifestyle is harder to manage now, and 17% because they can’t access the treatment/medication that they had been receiving for their migraine.

It also found that 17% of people had appointments with specialists postponed or cancelled, and 8% were unable to get an appointment.

We are here to help you

It is clear from the survey that the crisis is seriously impacting the management of many people’s migraine. To address this, we will produce new information on how people can manage their migraine and access healthcare during the pandemic. We are also working with migraine specialists on new ways to help people at this time.

To start with, we have produced new information about exercise. The relationship between exercise and migraine is complex. It is what helps some people prevent a migraine but is a trigger for others. It is a particularly important issue at the moment as it’s one of the few reasons that we can leave our homes. We have updated the information on our website about the effects of exercise on the management of migraine and have added information about two types of headache that are associated with exercise, Primary Exercise Headache and Cardiac Cephalalgia.

Secondly, like so much of our lives at the moment, migraine healthcare has changed significantly over the last few months. As our survey found, many people’s appointments with migraine specialists are being postponed and many are unable to receive their usual treatment. The health service is adapting to these changes and working to find new ways to help people with migraine. David Watson, a GP with a special interest in headache, and Anne-Marie Logan, a Consultant Physiotherapist in headache, have written for our blog about the changes they are making to continue to help people at this time.

Get in contact with us

If you are struggling with migraine, you can contact our Information and Advocacy Services at any time via our online contact form or by calling us on 0203 9510 150 between 10am and 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.