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I suffered since I was 19. I am 56 . Three days a week crying , puking, my head in a basket. I went to several doctors. Many doctors made me feel like I was just another patient without a real problem. Some were so unsympathetic.

I tried everything from acupuncture to every remedy, and prescription you could imagine. I was sent to a new migraine specialist-she did a bubble test on me.

It turned out I had a hole in my heart (which is very common to migraine sufferers)(Ted Brewesky- football player had same thing). My heart was fixed.

I still get an occasionall migraine but most are controlable.

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  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Aovid or in your case fixing a trigger (was it a patent foreman ovale,PFO can reduce migraine frequency. I’m so happy to hear it helped.

    What are you using to treat your migraines now if I may ask?


  • Kasey
    6 years ago

    What is a bubble test?

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    6 years ago

    Hi Kasey,

    A “bubble study” or test, according to the Mayo Clinic is when sterile saline solution is shaken until little bubbles are formed and then inserted into your vein during an echocardiogram. Doctors are able to tell by where the bubbles travel to if there is a problem in your heart.

    I hope this helps,

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