Beyond Migraine: The Real You

Migraine affects around ten million people in the UK1

At Teva, we understand the huge impact migraine can have on the lives of you and your loved ones

We know that living with migraine is a challenge. In fact, it can be isolating and downright frustrating. We're committed to improving the lives of migraine patients and helping them embrace their potential.

We're calling on migraine patients across the UK to share their journey with fellow patients, their family and the wider community to raise awareness of this serious and often misunderstood condition.

 
What’s it like to be a migraine patient in the UK today?

We recently surveyed more than a thousand patients with migraine in the UK alongside thousands of others across Europe, and the results were stark. They highlight the effect migraine can have on patients, their family and their social life. 02 Migraine has an impact on almost every aspect of their lives, with the survey highlighting the significant burden on family and children.

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Migraine frustrates

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Migraine impacts families

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Migraine is misunderstood

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About the survey

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The Beyond Migraine: The Real You survey reached over a thousand migraine patients in the UK. The survey explores the human impact of migraine on the lives of patients, their family, their work and their social life. Independent data collection was conducted at the request of and with financial support of Teva.

Migraine is a complex condition that comes with a wide range of symptoms. For some the main feature is a painful headache, but other symptoms can include sensitivity to light, nausea and vomiting, or distrusted vision. 03

Migraine attacks typically last from 4 to 72 hours and the majority of people are free from symptoms between attacks. Migraine can have an enormous impact on work, family and social lives of those impacted by the condition. 03

Migraine remains undiagnosed and undertreated in at least 50% of patients, and less than 50% of migraine patients consult a physician. 04

Migraine is the third most common condition in the world, impacting an estimated 1 in 7 people worldwide. 01 

The financial burden of migraine is huge: In total, it is estimated that the NHS spends around £150 million per year on treating migraines and £250 million on care for headache sufferers. The cost to the wider economy is even higher, with around £4.4 billion a year lost to three million migraine-related sick days.05

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Hear from others living with migraine

It’s important that you know that you’re not alone - there are many people out there going through the same challenges that you are every day - balancing the struggle of having a chronic condition like migraine with looking after a family, managing a career and the daily pressures of life.

That’s why we've created Life Effects™, a unique platform by patients, for patients. You'll find insights, stories, tips and advice from other patients who have migraine and want to share their experiences.

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Where can I get more support and help?

If you suspect you may be suffering from migraine, it's really important to see your doctor and get a diagnosis. No one should have to suffer in silence. 

As the largest research and support charity for people affected by migraine in the UK, The Migraine Trust works hard to empower, inform, and support those affected by migraine, while educating healthcare professionals and actively funding and disseminating research.

They also offer an Information Service and an Advocacy Service to help you understand, manage and live with migraine.

The National Migraine Centre also offer treatment and support for people with migraine. You can find out more information and the help they can offer on their website.

Getting treatment during COVID-19

We know that getting help can be a challenge since the COVID-19 pandemic, so we’ve put together a guide outlining a number of different ways in which you can get the support and advice that you’re entitled to.

Migraine is a complex condition, but we want to go beyond migraine and support the real you.


References

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    Migraine Trust - What we currently know about migraine https://migrainetrust.org/understand-migraine/what-do-we-currently-know-about-migraine/ - Accessed August 2021

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    Teva UK Data on File 214, September 2020*. [*Independent data collection was conducted at the request of and with financial support of Teva]

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    Migraine Trust - What is migraine https://migrainetrust.org/understand-migraine/what-is-migraine/ - Accessed August 2021

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    Pavone E et al. Patterns of triptans use: a study based on the records of a community pharmaceutical department. Cephalalgia. 2007;27(9):1000-4

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Date of preparation: August 2021
Reference: COB-GB-NP-00058