Migraine is the world’s most common neurological condition, ranked by the WHO as the 6th most disabling disease worldwide.
Migraine is inherited in up to 60% of sufferers and affects three times more women than men. Symptoms of an attack can include an intense throbbing headache, confusion, nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light, noise, and smells and, in severe cases loss of consciousness or paralysis on one side. An attack can be utterly debilitating and can last between 4 hours and 3 days.
Some people experience migraine ‘aura’ which refers to a range of neurological disturbances eg visual such as flickering light or blind spots; muscular weakness; numbness; slurring of speech; loss of co-ordination or confusion. Whilst some people experience only one or two attacks a year, other suffer on a weekly or even daily basis to the extent that their quality of life is substantially reduced.
Because of these factors, it is important that those who may suffer from a migraine are sufficiently supported in the workplace. This guide identifies the triggers that may be present in the workplace, and offers helpful guidance on how to create a healthy and supportive working environment.
What are the potential triggers of a migraine?
What are migraine triggers that may occur in the workplace?
How can you create a healthy working environment?
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