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Migraine sufferers needlessly enduring agonising pain

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Roughly 15 per cent of the population suffer from migraines, but as well as being one of the most common neurological conditions it’s also one of the most underdiagnosed and misdiagnosed.

These are the results of a new study published in SN Comprehensive Clinical Medicine, conducted by researchers at The Australian National University.

The study highlights that many sufferers did not know the difference between a migraine and a headache, and as such were unable to effectively relate their symptoms to medical professionals. This has meant the condition can easily go undetected even when pain is debilitating and when patients saw their GP.

The condition is difficult to diagnose given that it can cause different symptoms from one patient to the next, but headaches in one side of the head or that cause light sensitivity, visual disturbances, nausea or dizziness generally warrant referral to a neurologist.

There are a range of effective treatments for migraine, but inappropriate treatments such as acute medication may provide only short-term relief while doing harm in the longer term.

The researchers conducting the study claim that a public health campaign is needed to inform the community of the defining features of migraines.

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Source: Medical Xpress