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  • By cstarnold

    My Fiance suffers from migraines obviously lol but she deals mostly with pain in her neck, lost vision, vertigo and dizziness, not so much the head pain. She has tried a ton of stuff. She’s currently on protryptiline, magnesium, vitamin B and vitamin D. She takes Relpax when her migraines get too bad. She has had an MRI which came back negative, she’s done chiropractic, she gets massages twice a week, goes to physical therapy once a week. She’s seen pain doctors and Neurologists and I’m getting so pissed because they act like they don’t care. She is on the waiting list to visit the University of Michigan Neurology but that is a two year wait.

    What do some of you recommend? I just want her to have her life back

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi cstarnoid,

    I’m sorry to hear your fiance is having such a difficult time. She’s lucky to have such a caring person in her life! Let me see what information I can give you that may be helpful.

    Migraine is thought to be a genetic neurological disease currently without a cure. There is no test, image study or blood test that can diagnose it. A diagnosis is made after a qualified doctor give us a complete exam, goes over our symptoms and discusses our medical history. Getting an accurate diagnosis allows us to learn all we can about our disease and get the correct treatment.

    The thing about migraine disease is, it is managed, like diabetes or epilepsy, not cured. There are so many things that can impact a migraine attack it can be tricky to manage. Even if we have been vigilant about our triggers, sleep schedule and others we can still have a migraine attack. And this is what frustrates all of us.

    I’m sorry the wait is so long, that’s unfortunate. I would encourage her to see a true migraine/headache expert, which may be different than a neurologists These expert doctors are board certified in headache medicine, which is different than being certified in neurology. When you get a moment take a look at this information that discusses how these doctors are different and how to find one; http://migraine.com/blog/how-are-migraine-specialists-different/ and https://migraine.com/blog/really-find-headache-specialist/.

    There are a number of true migraine/headache expert on this list you may want to check out so she doesn’t have to wait so long: http://www.ucns.org/globals/axon/assets/12423.pdf.

    I hope this helps, let me know what you think
    Nancy

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