Artwork that was a real headache

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PAINTINGS specially produced by migraine sufferers and their relatives have gone on display.

They aim to show how each sufferer feels whilst experiencing a migraine and are being shown at Ferens art gallery in Hull as part of Migraine Awareness Week.

The paintings were produced at an event held to raise awareness of headaches and migraine hosted by Hull and East 
Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, the British Association for the Study of Headache, and the Migraine Trust.

Victoria Quarshie, who works for the NHS trust and is one of the few specialist headache nurses in the country, said: “We recently held an event to help local people who suffer from headaches and migraine to learn more about their condition and then express how they feel when experiencing an episode through a specially organised art workshop.

“By asking individuals to draw or paint their experiences of migraine it starts a conversation and can help to open up a dialogue to enable people to express their experiences, thoughts and feelings about their condition with others.

“At the same time it can also provide a valuable insight into their condition so that health professionals can tailor their treatment and management more specifically towards their needs.”

She added: “The day was a great success, and around 15 people joined us to take part in the afternoon art session, comprising both migraine suffers and their significant others.”