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Anyone had luck with Biofeedback?

  • By Dana

    I am a long suffering migraineur, 23 yrs now and I have been through more treatments and meds than I can remember. It was recently suggested to me that I try biofeedback (though the doc who suggested it didn’t know of anyone who offered it. (Don’t ya love it?) At this point I’m willing to try anything. Has anyone had any experience with biofeedback? I’d like to hear, good or bad? I’m also having a very difficult time finding someone who practices it in my area (Delaware), so if you’re in my area and know someone please pass along their name!
    Wishing you a migraine free day (cause that’s the best we can ask for!),
    Dana

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Dana,

    Yes, I tried biofeedback and still use it from time to time. While it didn’t help much with my head pain, it did help with relaxation. Have you seen our information on this; https://migraine.com/migraine-treatment/natural-remedies/biofeedback/ and https://migraine.com/?s=biofeedback&submit=Go.

    I don’t know anyone in Delaware, but maybe a Google search would be helpful?

    Let me know how you make out,
    Nancy

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Dana,

    Yes, I tried biofeedback and still use it from time to time. While it didn’t help much with my head pain, it did help with relaxation. Have you seen our information on this; https://migraine.com/migraine-treatment/natural-remedies/biofeedback/ and https://migraine.com/?s=biofeedback&submit=Go.

    I don’t know anyone in Delaware, but maybe a Google search would be helpful?

    Let me know how you make out,
    Nancy

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  • By Dana

    I have been completely unsuccessful. The few that I found didn’t accept Medicaid or didn’t accept insurance at all. One practitioner was $250 a session. While relaxing and helping with stress are nice, I can meditate or get a massage; and I wasn’t completely sold on the whole idea anyway. I am a believer in Healing Touch and Reiki, so while not as scientific and fancy it’s also not $250!
    Thanks Nancy for your help.
    Warmly,
    Dana

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  • By Ronan

    Meditation, tummy breathing, and Reiki are all better alternatives to biofeedback. I have level 1 Reiki and it does help some. Belly breathing helps me too. Not so much for the pain, but it does help me focus on my breath instead of the pain. $250 is way too much money. Sorry that didn’t work out. I was rooting for you.

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  • By Dana

    Ronan,
    Thanks for thinking of me. Everyday I think I cant possibly become more frustrated with this disease and what do you know I wake up and surprise myself! You can, in fact, become more frustrated with this disease.

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  • By emi346

    Hi Dana
    I realize I’m a little (very) late to this thread, but I wanted to let you know that I tried Biofeedback two years ago, and while it really helped for a couple months, as my migraines continued to increase in severity, it stopped helping. But I’d recommend trying it, if you can find a more reasonable provider that is, they hook you up to machines that monitor and display your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and temperature and you learn to control them all. It’s really helped me work through all the stress and frustration that comes with living with migraines. And since my I found a good provider and my insurance was surprisingly agreeable, it was worth it for those four months of decreased pain, but $250 seems like far too much. I’m sure you’ve already seen this, but psychology today had a collection of biofeedback practitioners in Delaware (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/psychiatrists/biofeedback/delaware) that might be worth checking out. From what I’ve been told, Biofeedback is really helpful for people who haven’t had a lot of success with other treatments.
    I hope this message finds you migraine-free, never having to worry about biofeedback again, but if you haven’t found someone, or are still looking, let me know.
    Hope you’re well,
    Emi

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi lightweaver,

    Good to hear! I did biofeedback a number of years ago and while it helped me relax, it didn’t do anything for my migraine attacks. However, I’ve heard from many people, like you, who have found relief using biofeedback!

    Keep us posted on your progress!!
    Nancy

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