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Headache Doctor Crisis
March 28, 2018

Headache Doctor Crisis

March 2018 – Issue 91

There is less than one headache specialist for every 85,000 patients in the US. This number is similar or worse in other countries around the world.

For the vast majority of us this means we need to work with someone who hasn’t specialized in headache or migraine. Usually this will be our family doctor or general physician.

But here’s the problem.

The family doctor or general physician has on average committed just 4 hours of headache education in their undergraduate medical degree. Four hours. This figure was revealed in the World Health Organisation’s ‘Atlas of Headache Disorders’ report. We've spent more time in the doctor’s waiting room.

Some people might see a neurologist thinking that they are seeing a headache specialist, but a neurologist isn’t necessarily a headache specialist unless they focus specifically on headache patients. Many neurologists specialize in other areas or practice in general neurology and will see patients with a range of neurodegenerative disorders and spinal cord disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy as well as headache patients.

The same World Health Organisation report found that migraine patients are underdiagnosed, undertreated and poorly managed.

The shortage in headache doctors is nothing less than a crisis for those of us with migraine. Unfortunately, the number of headache doctors or the hours of education does not appear to be improving rapidly.

That’s why I'm supporting the Migraine World Summit. The world’s largest event for informed patients who want to know the latest new treatments, research and best strategies to prevent and treat migraine.

The Summit is free and online from 18-26 April 2018.

There will be 31 experts, doctors, and specialists from leading institutions including the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, Cleveland Clinic, Stanford, John Hopkins Hospital, and the International Headache Society.

We may not be able to find a headache specialist but with the help of the Migraine World Summit we can learn what we need to get the best results in partnership with our current healthcare professional.

Claim your FREE ticket now at the following link: Migraine World Summit

See you at the Summit!

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