17 November 2005

Migraine organisation launched

Amayeza Information Centre has launched a national Migraine Patient Organisation to inform and educate sufferers on their migraine symptoms and how it should be managed.

Amayeza Information Centre has launched a national Migraine Patient Organisation to inform and educate sufferers on their migraine symptoms and how it should be managed.

The Migraine Patient Organisation has instituted a Migraine Help Line, which is administered by trained medicine information pharmacists who deal with migraine queries. They offer advice on how migraine can be treated and where patients can find help.

Globally, headache, including migraine, is the most common neurological disorder seen by general practitioners. The World Health Organization recognises migraine as among the top 20 causes of disability around the world and the 12th highest cause of disability in women. For most migraine sufferers, the consequences of migraine disability extend beyond personal pain and often impacts significantly on personal relationships and employment.

Offers objective information
Lee Baker, managing director of Amayeza Information Centre says, "Patients have a right to an objective source of information that can guide them to effective management of their disorders. The Migraine Patient Organisation aims to keep patients abreast of emerging data and treatment options to arrest both the disabling symptoms and life disruption caused by migraine."

Many migraine sufferers still depend on "over-the-counter" medication, which is often not an adequate solution. Patients who consult their doctors for an exact diagnosis are prescribed migraine-specific medication, which more effectively manages the frequency and severity of migraine attacks. These patients are able to enjoy a vastly improved quality of life.

For more information contact the Migraine Patient Organisation on the Migraine Help Line on 0860 - 678 268 or e-mail migraine@pharmail.co.za.

More information about migraine can also be found on the website www.mymigraine.co.za. – (Health24)

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November 2005


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