Dr Martin Ruttledge, Consultant Neurologist at the Hermitage Medical Clinic has launched a quick reference guide to migraine, which he co-authored with Dr Mary Kearney and Esther Tomkins, published by the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP).
Dr Ruttledge, said about 40 per cent of all females would get migraine at some stage in their lives and that the World Health Organisation now considered migraine the second most disabling medical condition of all non-fatal diseases.
“Our statistics are getting worse and worse as time goes on. We think there’s probably about three quarters of a million migraineurs in Ireland, hopefully most of them not very disabled,” he said.
He said the disability could not be seen on scans or measured by blood tests or X-rays. “It’s all about just sitting and talking to the patients,” he said.
A 2017 report by the European Brain Council said that for each million of the population, Europe loses an estimated 400,000 days from work or school every year to migraine alone. It estimated the cost of headache disorders was well in excess of €100 billion per year.
The Migraine Quick Reference Guide is available publicly on the website icgp.ie.