Headaches run in my family.
My mother, my grandmother and my maternal great aunts suffered from Migraine headaches. As a child I saw my mother suffer quite a bit. In spite of her efforts, she never found a solution to her constant challenge of frequent migraine headaches. My mother suffered so severely that she often missed many family events- hibernating in bed, in the dark with pain pills and an ice pack. The pain and accompanying nausea prevented her from participating in many family activities.
As a young adult after the birth of my first daughter I started to experience Migraine headaches myself. Determined not to allow these headaches to get the best of me, I immediately tackled the issue by seeking the help of various treatments. I sought Chiropractic treatment which did give me relief but it was only temporary. I went for physical therapy for my cervical spine (my neck pain/tension were always a big part of my headaches) which felt great but really provided no relief from my migraines. I tried biofeedback and massage and again- it all felt great and gave temporary relief but I was still dealing with excruciating and debilitating migraines. I had decided that I would keep pushing and not allow this challenge to get me down so with dark glasses on, nauseated and a painful migraine I pushed thought my frequent headaches.
Toughing it out was not going well and as mother of a toddler with a full time stressful job I felt desperate. I went to a Neurologist and after a complete workup he ruled out anything serious and told me I was suffering from Migraine/Tension Headaches (not a surprise). I was desperate so I reluctantly agreed to take the medication he prescribed. I took a daily pill to prevent the migraines and when they did not work (which was most of the time) I then took the prescription pain pills or a bunch of Excedrin Migraine. So… yes, the pain pills and Excedrin helped somewhat but always left me queasy, lethargic and feeling like my body just went through a war. I was now in the same situation I had witnessed in my mom’s suffering- NO good solution and still suffering.
I had a good friend who was seeing an Acupuncture Physician for another issue but she kept suggesting that I try it for my Migraines. I did some reading and felt like it would be worth trying but the truth is, I was afraid of the needles! After a five day headache, my friend dragged me to her Acupuncture appointment under the guise of just “meeting” her Acupuncture Physician. I was feeling awful and the thought of dealing with the needles that I feared was a little overwhelming. When she was called from the reception area by the Acupuncture Physician she announced to him that her friend (me) had a headache for five days and could he help? He instantly replied yes, of course! I explained that I was just there to learn about the process and was not ready to try it. After much coaxing I reluctantly agreed to have a treatment. The only problem was that the fear of needles was holding me back. With my girlfriend sitting by my side the Acupuncture Physician asked if I would give him permission to just place four needles. Sounds silly but this was difficult. I tentatively agreed and four needles were placed and I rested for approximately 15 minutes. When the treatment was over the practitioner explained to me that the treatment was just like taking a pain pill- the pain would come back. He explained that the reason I was getting the headaches was because my body was out of balance and if I was interested in dealing with the root of my problem I should come back for treatment and allow him to balance my body so the headaches would not return.
As I left the office I was not even sure if I had relief, I paid the receptionist and left. As I made my way downstairs to my car I had a moment when all of a sudden I realized that my headache was gone. Headache of five days gone and NO nausea, NO lethargy, NO narcotic hangover- WOW! It was a beautiful cool and sunny South Florida day in December. I remember it clearly as I was euphoric. I remember that day as that was the day that the quality of my life changed drastically.
The next morning I called the Acupuncture Physician and set up my next appointment so that he could balance me and clear my Migraine Headaches once and for all. I had treatment for a few months and yes- after that I was Migraine free! Over time I continued to visit my Acupuncturist for other reasons; tight neck, gym injury etc and eventually realized that this amazing art of Chinese Medicine had change my life so significantly that I wanted to learn it and share it with others.
So here I am- almost 20 years later. I went back to school, earned my degree, passed my board exam. I am a Board Certified Acupuncture Physician and have the opportunity daily to help and heal others with the same natural medicine that changed my life.
Give me a call to see how I might help you with your headache or migraines. Telephone 786-242-3885.