My Alternative Approach
Last updated: December 2017
I've had migraines for 2-1/2 years. After using traditional medicine (neurologist, endocrinologist, cardioligist, allergist, gastroenterologist, etc) for 2 years, I got no results. The closest I came to a root cause was my GI.doc found H-pylori when I had an endoscopy performed. I decided to take the holistic route. She pulled ALL my blood work. She discovered I had Hashimoto's Thyroiditis in addition to the H-pylori and Low Vitamin D. After placing me on a strict diet, supplements and a detox plan (which included weaning me off of prescription meds), we discovered a few months later that I had mold exposure and was peri-menopausal. Essentially, the mold exposure and H-pylori which triggered the Hashimoto's are both root causes of migraines. The prescription meds did not work for me. I have too many sensitivities. I did have to utilize continuous FMLA for 12 weeks to get to the bottom of this. Also, I have ADA accommodations for 30 min daily naps. I tried to shorten my story, but (like yours) it has been a long and weary journey. The positive side of this journey has been losing 78lbs and an extreme reduction in chronic migraines. They've gone from daily to intermittent (1 or 2 hours/days) migraines per month. Quick tip: When I feel a migraine coming on, I stick my feet in a tub of hot water with a cup of epsom salt and a cold compress on the back of my neck. Also, try a spoonful of mustard. I hope this helps someone.
In the past year, has insurance made it difficult to get your migraine treatment?