A glimpse into the healthcare world
According to a NHS survey, migraine affects roughly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 15 men. It is therefore a health problem that is fairly widespread and is a commonplace affair for healthcare professionals. To give students a thorough understanding of the condition and treatment of migraines the Department of Allied Health Sciences, organised a workshop on ‘Migraine the changing landscape’ on December 12, 2020 at 5:30 PM
Our guest speaker, Dr. Abhijit Das, a consultant neurologist at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, UK, dispelled the myths and fallacies surrounding migraines and its treatment.
While discussing the ways to manage migraines without medical intervention Dr Das suggested, “migraines can be kept at bay using lifestyle modifications like sleep and proper exercise. Decrease in screen-time can also help but results vary widely and it takes time.”
What differentiates migraines from common headaches? Dr Das explained the standard diagnostic criteria at place for identifying migraines.“Normally a headache that last upto 72 hours and are localised unilaterally along with a pulsating quality gives us a good indication that it is a migraine. Increased sensitivity to light and sound is another factor,” he explained.
Treatment consists of healthcare professionals judging the severity of the condition and managing the symptoms. “Your job has to be to help patients manage their symptoms. Excess dependence on painkillers might cause addiction so explore the therapy and lifestyle route first,” he suggested.