Neurologist and Epilepsy specialists at the Regional Hospital Bamenda drills health personnel on this year’s theme for World Brain Day “Migraine, the painful truth”
cross section of participants at the symposium on Migrain the painful truth
July 22 every year is observed as World Brain Day. This year’s theme is “Migraine, the painful truth”. This year, the World Federation of Neurology and International Headache Society share the painful truth about #migraine. Statistics show that Migraine affects one in seven people and, together with other headache disorders, is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Despite its pervasive impact, migraine continues to be vastly under-recognized, underdiagnosed and under-treated.
As a prelude to this commemorative day, a symposium was organized by Dr. Angwafor S.A, Neurologist and Epilepsy specialist at the Bamenda Regional Hospital on this year’s theme “Migraine, the painful truth”.
Dr. Kinge Thompson Njie, Director of the Regional Hospital Bamenda, served as moderator.
The symposium was attended by a cross-section of hospital personnel. They were presented issues related to migraine and people suffering from migraine, with emphasis on Lifestyle as the first cure for migraine and not necessarily medication. The presentations were done by Dr. Angwafor S.A and Dr.Fonjo focused on the definition of migraine, its causes, effects and treatment.
Defining migraine as a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision, these medics stated that the causes of migraines is not yet known but it is suspected that it results from abnormal activity in the brain. This can affect the way nerves communicate as well as the chemicals and blood vessels in the brain. They equally noted that emotional triggers such as Stress, depression, anxiety, excitement, and shock can trigger a migraine.
The animators also indicated the treatment for migraine which preferably should first be to see a medic who will hence prescribe a medication, depending on the examination. Pain relievers that can be combined such as caffeine, aspirin and acetaminophen may be helpful usually only against mild migraine pain.
After the introductory presentations, the Moderator, Dr. Kinge Thompson, opened the floor for Question and Answer session. He called on the personnel present, who have had a migraine headache before, to kindly share their experiences. Questions were raised and most importantly the practice by young people to consume hard drugs like tramadol for pain relief whether it is advisable. To these, all the resource person present, unanimously emphasized on lifestyle management as the best way to get rid of migraine attacks. Moreover they said when you feel a migraine, drink some water, go to your room, shut the door, turn of the lights, close the curtain and get some rest. If you must take any medication at the beginning, let it be paracetamol and if it persists, see a doctor, they added.
In appreciation, the participants at the symposium, who were all hospital personnel, praised such sharing. The Moderator in his closing remarks expressed the wish that such knowledge sharing comes up more often and not just when international days are approaching. In response, the organizers assured him and the participants that they will make it more often once there is an opportunity to do so.