Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Living with migraine

Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows I am a regular migraine sufferer. I had my first episode at 17 when the sight loss and drilling pain led me to believe I was dying of a brain tumour. Thankfully I have insight into the condition now and since coming across SEL member, The London Migraine Clinic I now have an excellent regime of care.

I was chuffed this month to see another fan of the Migraine Centre in my Red magazine. Ruth Tierney reported in her article 'I lost months of my life to migraines' that she finally found an effective regime at the clinic. The wonderful thing they do there is assemble experts in migraine who take the time to do a full analysis of your life and health to discover not only the best treatment for you but also help you understand more about what triggers your episodes. I was recommended a combination of hormone and pain relief treatments that have enabled me to manage my condition.

I also came to understand that while my episodes were proceeded by manic behaviour where I would work into the wee hours then paint a bathroom, for example, I was not in fact triggering my migraines with frenetic behaviour but rather that the drive itself was the start of the migraine. I learnt that by trying to relax during those periods of extraordinary activity I could at least mitigate some of the worst effects of the inevitable head hurt.

I still get hit every month, but they no longer prevent me from working and getting on with a normal life. Still, having had migraines for such a long time I know first hand how hard they can be to live with and now as a board member of the clinic, I am delighted to be able to support their work in the development of world class innovations in treatment and becoming the first migraine treatment centre operating as a social enterprise.

If you suffer from migraines or severe headaches, contact the centre on 020 7251 3322 and talk to someone today. It really could change your life, and you don't just have to take my word for it, as Ruth describes the treatment she receives at the clinic, "The results have been miraculous ... I'm no longer tip-toeing through life at the mercy of pain."


  1. I should do some neck and shoulder stretches with you too - might help. ALSO are you on the 30% board? Am adding you now to my list - sorry about that and ALSO can u email me please about upcoming blog post - want your opinions to add to post. Lx

  2. Do you get migraine too? Sadly am not on the 30% board but really admire their work, important issue. Will be in touch about upcoming blogs, will prob tweet elerts to you, have been quiet as we went away as a family to Cornwall but back now and have lots to think about.

  3. Hi
    I am trying to get hold of a copy of the migraine article in Red Magazine for Oct.
    I have been told it matches my condition almost exactly and I have a neurologist appt tomorrow.
    I have been to my GPs and several other consultants with no relief.
    Do you know where I could access a copy?

  4. I surprise greatly when I saw your blog.People are so much busy in accomplishing their goals that they don’t have enough time for themselves. Lack of body rest is a main reason for this condition.
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  5. Pam I am sorry to have missed the timing on your comment. I could send you my copy if you still need it, can you send me an address? If you want to keep it confidential, follow me on twitter at aogdennewton, I will follow you back, and you can DM me your details. Hope that is clear or indeed helpful, I always want to help out a fellow sufferer. Hope your consultation went well.

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