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PEOPLE living with migraine or severe headaches are being given the chance to learn more about their condition – and get some good tips from a leading expert.

Dr Nicholas Silver, a leading authority on migraine and headache, is hosting a special meeting later this month in Liverpool city centre.

It’s a chance to learn more about the symptoms, how to manage them and to learn some tips that can make big improvements.

Dr Silver, a consultant neurologist at the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Headache disorders are a very common cause of significant distress and disability.

“It is even more distressing that people afflicted by headaches can not predict when they will be most affected and this may lead to significant problems within the family and their place of work.”

People with these type of problems may not even realise they are suffering from a headache or migraine.

Dr Silver added:

“All too often, people with headache disorders will ignore the smaller little bits of headache that might suggest they have a chronic disorder that could actually be worsened by their intake of painkillers or by their lifestyle (e.g. caffeine use, hydration, food intake or sleep).

“In addition, recognition of seemingly trivial disorders such as restless legs may potentially play an important part in returning a headache sufferer to some semblance of normality.”

The meeting takes place at Neurosupport, Norton Street, Liverpool on January 20, at 7pm and is being held in partnership with Migraine Action, a charity supporting people affected by migraine.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance by contacting Tony Murphy, Patient Advice and Liaison Service Manager (PALS) at The Walton Centre, on 0151 529 6100 or via email at tony.murphy@thewaltoncentre.nhs.uk