Today, in order to mark World Brain Day, the Epilepsy Foundation had organised an event to raise awareness about this neurological condition. The event was attended by migraine patients and others. The highlight of the event was a special address from Prof. Tissa Wijeratne, chair, World Brain Day, World Federation of Neurology (WFN).
This year, World Brain Day aims at bringing migraine out of the shadows for creating a broader understanding how severely migraine affects those living with the disease. The idea is to highlight how deeply it affects the society worldwide.
Migraine is a common neurological disorder, most of the people affected this disease. Worldwide, 50 percentage of people current headache disorder. Totally, 1 in 7 people will experience migraine in their lives
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Nirmal Surya, the founder trustee and chairman of Epilepsy Foundation, said, “The number of patients with migraine is on the rise. This is a lifestyle-related condition. A person who does not follow a good diet or does not exercise are more susceptible to this condition. Compared to men, women are at a higher risk of developing migraines.”
Migraine is not life-threatening but quite disabling and hampers the quality of life. Migraine is the second most common cause of headache. The brain of the migraineur is particularly sensitive to environmental and sensory stimuli.
Dr Surya informed, “Worldwide, 1 million people are affected with this condition. 1 in 7 people has this condition. The right or left side of the head faces excruciating pain. A rise in blood pressure, vomiting, dizziness are common symptoms.”
Migraine has a global impact. It is a condition which is essentially characterised by severe head pain, vomiting dizziness, cognitive impairment, vertigo, sensitivity to light, sound and touch. Migraine is a disabling neurological disease. Early diagnosis and treatment can help migraine patients have a better quality of life.
In conclusion, Dr Surya informed, “If a person receives early diagnosis and treatment, then this condition can be controlled. Epilepsy and migraines are similar conditions. People suffering from epilepsy are at the risk of having migraines. Maintaining a diet and regularly exercising and doing yoga can help keep a check on the condition.”
This World Brain Day, the idea is to raise people’s knowledge about migraine as a pervasive and one of the most impactful neurological disorders in the world. On this day, efforts will also be made in terms of positioning migraine as a public health and research priority, and outline a strategy to increase access to its treatment – regardless of gender, age and cultural or geographic location.