Health written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many people in each age were diagnosed as suffering from migraine in each of the last three years;

(2) what NHS support and treatment is available for people diagnosed as suffering from migraine.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

Information concerning the number of people diagnosed each year as suffering from migraine is not collected.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guideline, ‘Headaches: Diagnosis and management of headaches in young people and adults’, published in 2012, sets out best practice for healthcare professionals in the care, treatment and support of people who suffer from headaches. The guideline includes specific information on the management of migraines, such as the prescribing of appropriate pain-relief medication.

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