The Migraine Trust is concerned about the numbers of people from Yorkshire and Humber who are isolated because of migraine.
Thousands of people from Yorkshire and Humber who get migraine have sought the charity’s help over the last year. Many have had questions about the condition and the treatment available, and high numbers have reported feeling lonely and isolated because of the condition. The charity ran a survey to understand the problem further and it found that 89% of people with migraine report that it leaves them feeling isolated.
The survey of one hundred people from Yorkshire and Humber with migraine also found that 76% of people with migraine avoid agreeing to attend social events because they are concerned that they will get migraine and be unable to attend. Asked how often they missed out on social events because of migraine, 31% said weekly, 42% said monthly, 17% said quarterly, and 5% said annually.
Explaining how migraine affects her social life, a migraine sufferer from Yorkshire and Humber with migraine said: “I can’t get out of the house and participate in group events, training or social events where regular attendance is needed as I can’t predict when I’m going to have a migraine. I hate having to cancel on friends so it is easier to just not plan anything in the first place.”
The charity is encouraging people from Yorkshire and Humber with migraine who feel isolated to invite their friends and family to their home for a small gathering as a way to combat their isolation. Emphasising how this can be a low-key event, Wendy Thomas, Chief Executive of The Migraine Trust, says:
“People with migraine often decline social invitations because they are concerned that they will get a migraine. This can leave them feeling lonely and isolated.
“A good way to combat this is to have those that you are close to come to you. They will understand if you have to cancel because you get a migraine.
“You can invite them for tea and biscuits or whatever you like, as the main thing is to take that important step in overcoming your isolation.”
The Migraine Trust has created a Meet-up pack to support people with migraine in organising social events with their friends and family. It can be downloaded at www.migrainetrust.org/meetups or you can call 0203 9510 150 to be sent a pack.