There Must Be “Flexibility” Towards Patients with Migraine

Migraine is not only a neurologic disease requiring individual treatment, but also “a social problem” that requires “more flexibility in labour, educational and personal relationships levels”, for patients are temporarily incapacitated to perform their duties – stated Raquel Gil Gouveia, coordinator of the Migraine Centre from Hospital da Luz Lisboa, in the TV show “Diário da Manhã”, at TVI channel, broadcasted on November 19.

The neurologist was invited to comment on a survey conducted worldwide by patient’s associations, involving around 11 thousand people in 31 countries, including Portugal, where 80% stated feeling limited to perform daily tasks, half of them admitting being absent from work four days a month, on average.

“Migraine is not simply a headache: it is a neurologic disease, where the brain, in a regular but unpredictable way, manifests symptoms such as severe pain, difficulty in reasoning and nausea, impeding temporarily the individual from function”, explained Raquel Gil Gouveia.

The World Health Organization estimates that the disease affects 15% of the world population, considering it the second cause of life with incapacity and pain, at world level. “If we consider people under 50, this is actually the first cause of life with incapacity. It is much more frequent in young people and even children” and “the great majority of crises are unpredictable”, highlighted the director of the Migraine Centre from Hospital da Luz Lisboa.


Watch the intervention here