New figures released this week by three charities, The Migraine Trust, Migraine Action and the National Migraine Centre, signal concerns over lack of workplace support for migraine sufferers.
In a public opinion survey, almost two thirds (64%) of UK adults believe employers don’t understand very much or at all about the nature of migraine and its effects on their staff.
And one in five (21%) even think health professionals do not realise the characteristics and impact of the condition on their patients, according to the YouGov poll.
While there was low awareness of less common symptoms of this complex condition, among the major symptoms 86% of UK adults identified a throbbing headache, 82% sensitivity to light or noise, 77% nausea and 67% seeing coloured spots or flashing lights.
The survey was the first joint research for the three UK migraine charities.