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Tackle your migraines this Migraine Awareness Week

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:30pm

Do you suffer from headaches? Half of migraine sufferers have not consulted a GP for an official diagnosis of migraine and as a result many people are self medicating with over the counter medications.

Only half of sufferers have ever sought advice from their community pharmacist in relation to their treatment options. This year during Migraine Awareness Week, which runs from 10-16 September, the Migraine Association is sending out the message that ‘a headache a day is not OK’ and is encouraging people to talk to their local pharmacist if they feel they are at risk of medication overuse headache.

This occurs in people with migraine if they are taking pain medications more than two-three days per week. Instead of treating the pain, you are causing more headaches. The World Health Organisation currently classifies migraine and medication overuse headache combined as the second cause of disability in Ireland.

Medication overuse headache manifests as a dull constant headache which is often worse in the morning. Many patients find themselves locked into a cycle of frequent pain and frequent painkillers and in practice it can be extremely difficult to treat unless the pain medication usage is completely stopped and a more effective pain treatment plan developed.

As part of Migraine Awareness Week 2018, a regional awareness campaign will take place in Cork, with the following events taking place:

The Migraine Association will have an information and advice stand at the health expo as part of the Men’s Shed’s National Conference in Páirc Uí Chaoimh from 8.30am-5pm


A work-place stand at the Cork County Council Offices, 11.30am-2pm

A pharmacy stand at Lloyds Pharmacy on Grand Parade 3-5pm

An informal migraine meeting at Ballyphehane Community Centre from 7-9pm


A pharmacy stand at O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy, Wilton Shopping Centre, 10.30am-12.30pm

A pharmacy stand at Brookes Pharmacy, Bandon, 1.30-3pm

A pharmacy stand at Rosscarbery Pharmacy, 4-5.30pm


If you would like to meet others who suffer from migraine with a view to establishing a local support network, then go to the informal migraine meeting on the evening of 13 September at the Ballyphehane Community Centre. Call 1850-200378 for more information.

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