41 years of Migraines are gone!

My migraines started when I was 15. I'm now 56. My journey was like all of yours. Auras, vomiting, sight, sound, smell and light sensitivity. Affected everything I did daily and affecting those around me. I had been diagnosed for 40 years as a typical migraine sufferer and saw every know physician and tried every holistic remedy. But I was always researching; keeping abreast of the latest. Most recently I was looking at was the headband and Botox. I had decided I wasn't going to do Botox because I meet a lovely women who had about the same amount of migraines I did (3-4 a week and always battling one) and her Botox left some paralysis on the left side of her face. It is one of the risks.

I was getting old and so tired and afraid the Triptan drugs I took(Imitrex injectables and Rizitripan tablets) would eventually cause a heart attack. I'd looked for all the patterns, kept journals, acupuncture, I really couldn't find a pattern for me; not one that worked all the time. And I am diligent and I am detail oriented and otherwise healthy. My migraine meds was the only prescriptions I took.


As I walked through my living room one day I heard someone say 'migraine surgery' on TV. Then for the first time I saw Dr. Kevin Smith operating on a teenager who had been home schooled all her life. After the surgery she was migraine free! What..hmmm? Dr. Smith is a plastic surgeon and an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat) who specializes in migraines in Houston, Texas. He looks for pain that originates in the head that other doctors overlook. I have had many MRI's and I had other ENT's along the way that looked at my sinuses and did CT Scans. I don't remember any injuries except a fall in PE and when dressing my little brother he jumped up and hit my nose really hard.

Dr. Smith has a different approach to CT Scans ;a unique perspective allowing him to diagnose problems that cause referral pain that becomes 'migraines'. I'm proactive I thought, I'll go by his office. Still very skeptical, not thinking it would not work for me, what he said though resonated still with some doubt, but it was a day surgery and my insurance covered it. The surgery, a very specialized septoplasty, unlike what other Ear, Nose and Throat specialists do to resolve a deviated septum targeted migraine pain. He was actually invited on to Doctors TV to tell my story. This is short and you can see the surgery here.

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I am migraine free. Really, I am migraine free. This small town Texas girl (old women) is migraine free! It is a miracle; a gift from God. Don't worry about traveling to Houston, Texas. Dr. Smith does offers to view CT Scan that you send to him so you can rule this out as a reason for your migraines. If this is the reason for your migraines, he has an 88% cure rate. I almost did not go to his office; almost skipped seeing him. So I keep asking myself why didn't I know about this sooner?

I have some really good years now ahead of me and I want for all my fellow migrainers to have what I have - 100% relief. Good luck on your journey wherever it takes you!

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