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Miracle Cure

If you’ve ever mentioned to another human being that you suffer from migraines, you’ve gotten some unsolicited advice. In my experience, the advisors are always delivering their tips with the best of intentions:  they want me to feel better. Maybe they want me to know about xyz method that simply “cured” their friend; maybe they are inundated with Botox ads and hope that it will work for me.  Whatever the case may be, and whatever the advice-givers’ intentions, I try to remain positive and thankful, even when I sometimes want to scream, “DON’T YOU KNOW THAT I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING TO GET RID OF THESE FREAKIN’ MIGRAINES?!”

Deep breath, Janet. Deep breath.

The truth is, the miracle “cures” I hear about strike me as shiny and luminous—I am tempted to learn more about them, to toy with the ideas in my mind and wonder if they might work for me. (I put the word “cures” in quotes because experts agree that migraine disease can be managed but is not curable.)

Here are a handful of things I’ve heard from concerned folks just in the past couple of months:

“My niece had migraines constantly. She went to the chiropractor a few times and got her neck adjusted. She hasn’t had a migraine since!”

“My mom started getting Botox injections and hasn’t had a headache since. And she used to have them almost every day!”

“Turns out I had the wrong prescription in my glasses. As soon as I got new lenses and could see well, my migraines disappeared.”

Over the last many years I’ve spent as an out-of-the-closet migraineur and migraine health advocate, I’ve been so pleased to hear of many, many success stories.  I am so thankful that, for some of you out there, a new treatment or lifestyle change has given you such unmitigated success and good health.

But I’m a little jealous, too.

You see, I want to be one of the miracle stories.  I also want all of YOU to have a miraculous discovery that lets you suddenly lead a migraine-free life. I think back to the times I allowed myself to be pie-in-the-sky hopeful.  That time I got a mouth guard years ago because I was grinding my teeth? I had the tiniest flicker of hope that maybe I would see a dramatic decrease in my migraines.  Last summer when I got new glasses and was told that I’d been wearing an incorrect prescription for years? I secretly wished it would lead to a migraine breakthrough.

So far, there’ve been no miracles for me.  The success stories sometimes are what make me courageous enough to try something new, and I’m grateful for that. For most of us, however, there will never be an amazing story like the ones we hear. For most of us, the tidbits of advice we get will not allow us to see a significant improvement in our migraines. Slow and steady is the way to go with most chronic illnesses, including migraine disease, so with this I will encourage myself to continue working on the small, everyday things that will help me feel good. Regular exercise, regular sleep schedule, regular eating.  Avoid overindulging in sugar and alcohol.  In sum: moderation, routine, and patience.

But, man:  it sure would be amazing to uncover a miracle.

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  • ilshapira
    5 years ago

    Miracle Migraine Cure
    I usually tell my patients to be wary of “miracle cures” and especially balance risk to benefit for any treatment.

    The second thing I tell my patients is the only miracle cure is something that gives you a do-over on your life because having lived with severe pain has changed who you are forever including choices you made and paths you have taken, the only real”Miracle” cure would be a do-over on life

    Having said that a Spenopalatine Ganglion Block or SPG Block is a very safe procedure that for some patients feels like a miracle cure.

    There are invasive ways to deliver a SPG Block via injection intra-oral or extra-cranial approach but I usually suggest that patients utilize an intranasal approach utilizing a hollow cotton tipped swab with Lidocaine that continually drip delivers the medication.

    The beauty of the procedure is that it is painless (usually) safe and inexpensive the patient can self administer without highly toxic drugs and it only takes about 20 minutes. I have patients who utilize it on a regular basis as a preventive treatment or on a long term basis.

    I usually teach patients and keep them in the office the first couple of times.

    I first heard about this from a TMJ patient who brought me the book “Miracles on Park Ave” I researched the references, talked to the doctor and learned the procedure from Dr Jack Haden. I have been utilizing it since around 1986 or 1987.

    The book describes an ENT in NYC who used this procedure to treat a wide variety of painful conditions and this was his only treatment. It is an interesting read and worth getting for any patient with chronic pain.

    The Shenopalatine Ganglion or Pterygoidpalatine Ganglion is an Autonomic Ganglion that has Sympathetic and Parasympathetic portions of numerous nerves but most import and is probably the Trigeminal Nerve. The Trigeminal Nerve is involved in almost every type of headache whether they are tension headaches, migraines, atypical migraines, chronic daily headaches, sinus headache and many others, I have written about SPG blocks on I Hate Headaches.org and other sites.

    I utilize the SPG Block as a tool not as a miracle cure but some patients have miraculous results. I usually use it after eliminating predisposing problems of the TMJ, Masticatory muscles and bite and postural issues. Frequently we get rid of the daily headaches but are left with migraine or vascular (neurogenic) related to ovulation or menses. Ovarian hormonal headaches seem to respond well as do period cramps.

    I have practiced and taught Neuromuscular Dentistry for over 34 years for treating TMJ disorders. Neuromuscular Dentistry is a way to eliminate noxious Trigeminal Nociceptive Input into to the brain. It is all about establishing a relaxed muscular posture.

    The Trigeminal Nerve accounts for over 50% of the input to the brain after its input is amplified in the Reticular Activating System of the brain.

    It is also the Trigeminal nerve that is treated with Botox by paralyzing masticatory muscles, particularly the Temporalis and Masseter.

    Dr Ira L Shapira

  • 2mnyheadaches
    6 years ago

    Your words describe my experience exactly, finally someone who gets it. Thank you

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi marlenerossman,

    Thanks for sharing. I do hope you are successful in your new treatment, keep us posted!

    Nancy

  • LJ
    6 years ago

    I too have hoped for miraculous results that would leave me migraine free. I’ve had my wisdom teeth pulled, underwent chiropractic treatment, and even went off all meds for months hoping for a change. I ended up with an ulcer…funny but not funny you know? I pray, wish, hope and sometimes even demand a miracle. You are in good company Migraine Girl.

  • Elaine Gross
    6 years ago

    Oh wow, could I ever relate to this! The Botox, Topamax, physical therapy, massages, exercising…..all seemed to be the “cure”. Until they weren’t. But they all have helped. Alas, not the cure all. Sometimes I get the urge to move to Sedona, since barometric pressure changes really get me. But, I don’t. I have a sneaking suspicion that some other trigger is probably lurking out there in the hills out West. Or it’s probably wherever I go, they go also.

    I enjoyed your post, that was good.

  • marlenerossman
    6 years ago

    I too, have tried 22 different medications, shooting up with Sumavel injections, acupuncture,acupressure,meditation, botox, Radiofrequency ablations… the list goes on.

    I have just started a new medication that requires a compounding pharmacy to produce it. I do not want to divulge the name of the drug as it is somewhat controversial. I am praying that after four years of migraine torture, vomiting,
    postdroming and near-disability, that this will work.

  • amberduntley
    6 years ago

    The jealously is the worst! I cry tears of happiness for people when they finally uncover SOMETHING that takes some/most/all(?? it’s never really all, is it?) the pain away, but selfishly I know that a tiny piece of those tears are for me, are for the fact that my weekend will still be spent in bed, that if I go to the movies on Friday I won’t have a Saturday, that my wonderful boyfriend did NOT sign up for this, that all I want to do is laugh with out repercussion… I’m going through a really, really bad phase right now and hoping that being a little more active here will help me pull myself out of my funk. I really appreciate your posts.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    I couldn’t agree more 🙂

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