National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month is throughout the month of June. Preventative migraines medications are finally available and that is exciting news for all those who suffer.
REDUCE MONTHLY MIGRAINES by 50% or more for many people!
After 50 years of headaches, I used an injectable medication for three months, and it reduced my migraines. In just three months! I have used it for 14 months now with the same excellent results. I want everyone who has migraines or knows those who do to hear about CPRGs.
Most medications are for use after the symptoms begin. Wouldn’t it be better to treat the cause and not have the headache start?
My story may be a lot like yours if you’ve been dealing with migraines for decades. I suddenly had red zigzag lines in front of my eyes in the eighth grade. Soon after that, I felt like a hammer smashed down on the top of my head, and I could not stand the bright lights.
My mom (a registered nurse) picked me up from school and took me to see a pediatric neurologist that day. She thought I had a brain tumor. I don’t remember much about that pain-filled time, but I do recall hearing the doctor say, “She has a textbook migraine.”
Most of my life, preventative migraine treatment did not exist. Initially, I was given shots of Demerol and pills to take at home. The idea was to sleep while it was happening and hopefully, it would be gone when I woke up.
I had small children, and I was in my senior year of college, so being sedated did not work. I saw my doctor and asked, “Can we take some time to treat the cause and not just the symptoms? How do I reduce monthly migraines? She said, “We don’t know why they happen. All we can do is give you something to take for after the symptoms begin.”
A few years later, I saw a new doctor and learned about pills to take at the first sign. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it didn’t. At least the abortive medications continued to improve.
I had acupuncture, hypnosis, massage, learned stress reduction techniques, and saw a Physical Therapist who taught me Feldenkrais yoga, bio-feedback, and visualization. I worked out regularly, ate an anti-inflammatory diet, and practiced self-hypnosis, and meditation.
And I still had migraines although I had less as time passed.
I recently had brain surgery for trigeminal, occipital, and glossopharyngeal neuralgia. This triggered numerous migraines a month.
After that, I saw a neurologist who specialized in migraines. He brought me up to speed on the new injectable medications. I’ve used these once a month for the last 14 months and have 50% fewer headaches!!!
These current drugs are called CGRPs (calcitonin gene-related peptide). Read this detailed explanation from experts on what this is and how it works.
Talk to your neurologist about CGRPs especially if you have been using the same drugs for years. The two of you can then decide on the best preventative treatment.
For more information on CGRPs, read Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide (CGRP) and Migraine by Paul L. Dunham, Ph.D.
If you have Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) along with migraines, here is a great article by Dr. Alexander Mauskop.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this.
Gail Sinclair, MHt, CNC is a hypnotherapist who helps those living with chronic pain go from discomfort to thriving by using hypnosis, pain management tools and resources.
She is a Master Hypnotherapist, Nutritional Consultant, and a Reiki Master Teacher. She has over 20 years in healing work and is an international award-winning speaker.
Gail lives in Portland, OR with her delightful husband, son, and cat. She can be found cooking, knitting, writing, and figuring out new ways to thrive with Trigeminal, and Occipital Neuralgia.