A PAIN expert will be sharing his knowledge and experience with patients and doctors in two free online webinars about headaches.
In July this year, Dr Madgy Aglan opened Pain Consultants Ltd, a private clinic at Link 665 in Carrs Industrial Estate in Haslingden.
He said: “The most common complaint that patients have for more than three months is a headache. It can be really underestimated the effect this can have on the patient. More importantly, it is under-diagnosed and because it is not properly diagnosed, it is not properly treated and people suffer for years.”
Severe headaches not only cause pain, but anxiety and depression, lack of sleep, relationship problems and they impact on the patient’s ability to work and often lead to them presenting to their GPs or turning up at A&E. Migraines occur in 15 per cent of the UK adult population and more than 100,000 people are absent from work and school through headaches.
Dr Aglan has worked in the NHS for more than 32 years and continues to also work as a consultant. He has produced a self-help headache video on his Facebook page Pain Consultants Ltd. In it he outlines a 10-point plan to relieve and help to diagnose headaches. Firstly keep hydrated by drinking lots of water; stop or reduce alcohol; try to get good sleep; avoid stress; ensure computer monitors are at eye level; reduce mobile phone screen time; record what you eat and drink and record what painkillers you take.
Female patients should note down if there is any correlation between headaches and their periods; all patients should keep a headache diary noting times and dates, severity and how long the pain lasts.
Dr Aglan will be delivering the first webinar – titled Understanding and Managing Your Headache Pain – on Monday, October 19, at 7pm. There will be a presentation and then he will respond to questions from patients who will be invited to post them on chat.
Since opening his private clinic, he has had patients travelling from London, Scotland, Leeds and all over the North West for treatment.
He said: “Depending what the pain problem is, we are able to see the patient, diagnose and treat the problem all in the same visit. Once we diagnose a problem we work out a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment, which provides the patient with quicker and better results.”
He will be running a second free webinar on headaches this time for doctors and medical professionals a few weeks later.
Dr Aglan said: “I will be holding a similar free webinar on back pain and am also considering writing a book. Medication is not the cure-all, it may improve the pain so the patient can cope, but if you can find something to treat it, then it can go away for good.
“I have a patient who had been taking painkillers for 20 years and after coming to see me and having treatment, for the first time in decades they had days when they were pain free; they said they had got their life back – that makes me happy. Our vision is would like to reduce suffering in people wherever we can.”
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call 07458 302521 or visit Facebook page Pain Consultants Ltd.
For free tickets to the webinar register online at Eventbrite.