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Recently I was contacted by the host of the Migraine World Summit. It sounds like a great opportunity to get questions answered, a chance to learn about migraines and a way to participate in the migraine community from the comfort of your home. Many of us have trouble traveling, can’t sit in fluorescent conference rooms or have the funds to participate. If this is your case, the good news is….it’s FREE and from HOME!
The Migraine World Summit runs from April 15-20, 2016
Anyone may attend for free, just register here: https://www.migraineworldsummit.com/
Dr. Rigaux, the CEO and inventor of Cefaly (the only FDA-device approved for the preventative treatment of migraines) as well as 30+ other doctors will be speaking. The doctor of Axon Optics will also be a doctor participating. If you don’t know who Axon Optics is, they are migraine glasses to help with photophobia ! Shop migraine relief eyewear at Axon Optics. *
I love them! There will also be experts from Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Stanford Medical, the Cleveland Clinic and the International Headache Society. It will feature interviews with Migraine Research Foundation experts, a group that I love and encourage you to support.
Here is a link to the medical professionals who are speaking: http://www.migraineworldsummit.com/speakers
Here is the press release sent to me:
World’s First Migraine Summit Set to Relieve Pain Experienced by Millions
Over 30 doctors, professors and specialists have gathered from world leading institutions to help answer some of the most difficult questions for patients in desperate need of relief.
Migraines are more common than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. [i] There are 956,000 thousand migraine attacks every day in the USA[ii] with around 37 million affected.
Carl Cincinnato, host of the Migraine World Summit, sees how migraine can cripple an individual over time:
“Migraines can be devastating to someone’s quality of life. It can affect not only their physical well being, but their relationships, family life and in severe cases their ability to keep a job and have a career.
There is still a stigma associated with migraine. Many people feel guilty or ashamed to admit they have a migraine. Migraines can also lead to depression and anxiety as many struggle with the isolation, lack of progress and lose hope.
Research shows a direct link between the frequency of migraine and a person’s quality of life.”
Migraines were recently found to be the 6th highest cause of disability worldwide in terms of years lost to disability [iii] A severe migraine can be as disabling as quadriplegia or active psychosis.[iv]
Despite the prevalence of migraine, it remains under diagnosed and under treated with less than 50% of patients consulting a physician.[v]
For those who do seek help, finding the right doctor can be difficult.
Just 4 hours are committed to headaches disorders in undergraduate medical training worldwide.[vi]
The US is one of the few places where there are subspecialty certifications for headache medicine, yet there is only one headache specialist for every 85,000 patients.[vii] This shortage is consistent worldwide.
The Migraine World Summit provides unprecedented access to dozens of experts for those suffering from this debilitating disorder.
Dr Pierre Rigaux, CEO of Cefaly Technology and inventor of the innovative Cefaly®, the only FDA-device approved for the preventative treatment of migraines, is one of the speakers at the event.
Specialists require referrals, patients may incur significant costs and there can be waiting lists when treating migraines. The Migraine World Summit is a great opportunity to jump the line and get into the room with doctors to hear the latest best practice and approaches being used from some of the best in migraine.
[i] Headache Disorders – not respected, not resourced. All-Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Headache Disorders. 2010. Migraine Trust
[ii] Steiner TJ et al. The prevalence and disability burden of adult migraine in England and their relationships to age, gender and ethnicity. Cephalalgia. 2003;23(7):519-527.
[iii] Steiner, Timothy J., et al. “Headache disorders are third cause of disability worldwide.” The journal of headache and pain 16.1 (2015): 1-3.
[iv] Blumenfeld, A. M., et al. “Disability, HRQoL and resource use among chronic and episodic migraineurs: results from the International Burden of Migraine Study (IBMS).” Cephalalgia 31.3 (2011): 301-315.
[v] 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.
[vi] World Health Organization. Atlas of headache disorders and resources in the world 2011.
[vii] Mauser, Emily D., and Noah L. Rosen. “So many migraines, so few subspecialists: Analysis of the geographic location of United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) certified headache subspecialists compared to United States headache demographics.” Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain 54.8 (2014): 134