Blog of a Migraine sufferer
26th May 2017
One of my consultations today was somewhat of a challenge. There is a lady who has been coming to me for a while for back massages, as she suffers from lots of tension and horrendous migraines. Last week I suggested she see me for a Naturopathic Consultation to try and get to the bottom of her headaches. She was reluctant, having spent many years, lots of time and money seeing other people to no avail. I really felt for her and heard myself offering to treat her with absolutely no payment until she was better. So, today is the first time I get to really meet her and hear her story. People tell me bits and pieces whilst in a massage but it is not enough for me to really build a person picture and to be able to help treat their concerns fully. Taking the time in a Naturopathic Consultation will allow me to really get to see what is happening and to make a difference.
I have been able without absolute confidence treat digestive concerns, such as IBS, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, etc and would have no hesitation in giving a guarantee on this, but a migraine can be much more complex. So today, I have a challenge ahead of me. Without disclosing any confidence I will aim to give you some updates on how this goes. Our deal is, that I will consult and test for free, she will take any necessary supplements and make the recommended changes, and we will see where we are in 3 months time. If she no longer suffers constant migraines, she will pay me for my consultations. You really can’t get better than that. I am looking forward to it, and I really hope for her that we can make the difference.
26th May 2017
We had our first Naturopathic Consultation. A standard Naturopathic EAV Health Consultation, lasting approximately 1.5 hours.
Through a questionnaire and a lengthy chat we were able to get to build what I term a person picture.
Headaches were first apparent at the early age of 6 or 7 years, regularly occurring but as they did not come with the typical aura’s of a migraine they were not considered anything more than a bad headache. This young girl would always carry Paracetamol or similar with her to school in case needed.
Once going to Uni they worsened, perhaps with the stress of study or the acknowledge lifestyle of later nights etc. The doctors gave her a variety of medication, nothing that worked long term.
Visits to Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Accupuncture, Physiotherapy have not proven to solve the problem and even taking botox into the forehead and jaw have not resulted in pain free days. Infact she claims the injection itself was incredibly painful.
Currently she is working with a regular mouth guard and the botox into the jaw which seems to be helping somewhat. Yet she still has persistent daily manageable pain.
Symptoms seem to get worse when she exercises or has not had good sleep. On advice from a GP she is reducing her caffeine intake and is now successfully down to just one caffeinated drink per day.
In clinic I was able to do some testing with the EAV. There were a number of food intolerances indicated and she is now going to make these changes in her diet. Additionally deficiencies in some minerals and essential fatty acids were noted and supplementation will be given. Focus on adequate hydration and correct assimilation (eg chewing ) of food and some gentle relaxing movement of the body, rather than powered exercise.
I will review with her in one month’s time, where I am hoping for an improvement in symptoms which will let us know we are on the right track to continue to build a healthier foundation free of headaches.
30th June 2017
I met with the client for her follow up Naturopathic Consultation after one month of being on her new programme. She, not unlike many new clients, founds that she had not fully got on board yet. For the first week she made the food and lifestyle changes, the 2nd week she added the vitamins and minerals and on week 3 and 4 she went on holiday, where she had less control of the choices.
She found that she was bored of chewing her foods, but does understand the importance of this and will resume putting this into practice. When she started taking all the pills she got stomach pains and then could not identify which one it was, so have stopped taking and is slowing starting off with one pill and then a few days later taking the next until she is on the full supplement programme.
Whilst on holiday she says she has less migraines than usual for a holiday which was really nice as her days were very long and tiring. She was enjoying a safari holiday in South Africa.
When she came to see me this time she was suffering horrendous headaches, recognisably different to her normal migraines – she has quit caffeine completely. Now for someone who previously drank diet coke for breakfast, that’s a big step and the detox will last for a few days.
Once seeing her, I have caught up again to check the headache has gone, it has and she is caffeine free.
We agreed to give it a few more weeks with all the pills, no holiday in the middle, just normal routine life and we will review in 6 weeks time.
I will tell you more as soon as I know. Fingers crossed for her.