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Intractable migraines
by charlene pasquale - Monday, 1 January 2018, 1:04 PM
 

I am a sixty-six year-old female who has had serious migraines since the age of twenty-one.  I have been in and out of therapy for all these years. My past experience has led to post traumatic stress syndrome, and my headache specialist has said working the Unlearn Your Pain program will help with my pain.  Nothing else has helped - years of therapy, occipital brain stimulator, probably 100 preventative medications, nerve blocks, botox, acupuncture, chiropractor, healthy eating, gluten free diet, natural healing, a trip to the Mayo Clinic, and the list goes on.  Although I purchased  this program about three years ago, I never thoroughly immersed myself in it.  So this week, after a very rough 2017, including the death of my dear sister-in-law, I started the program.  I have written about her, my relationship with my mother, fear, and shame.  Today I wrote about shame, and I shared my feelings and understandings about my sister-in-law with my brother.  Yesterday, the last day of 2017, I woke up with a terrible migraine.  Today, January 1, 2018, I again woke up with a migraine that will only get worse as the day goes on.  I have alleviated my other pain, back and leg pain, by going to the gym on a regular basis.  However, nothing that I have done so far has helped my headaches.  Today is day six of my writing.  I am also reading a book about the relationships about mothers and daughters to better understand how my relationship with my mother has affected my emotional well-being.  My question is - at what point will I see relief?  It is quite disturbing to get up this morning -  January 1, 2018 - in so much pain.  I feel like an outcast among friends and family because no one can really understand the severity of my pain.  Does anyone have a similar experience or any guidance to offer me?  Thank you, Charlene

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Re: Intractable migraines
by charlene pasquale - Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 12:00 PM
 

Any help out there?  Dr. Schubiner, do you have any advice? Thanks, Charlene

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Re: Intractable migraines
by Howard Schubiner - Tuesday, 2 January 2018, 3:10 PM
 

Hi Charlene and thanks for writing.

You are obviously someone who has tried so hard and done so many things to recover. This program will work for you, but it will take time. Dealing with all of these emotions is a big part of the program, but it's not the only part.

What are you doing in relation to the steps to decrease fear and worry; to begin to disregard the pain; to be strong and allow yourself to keep going despite it, knowing that the pain is caused by your brain and that it is not dangerous and that you will get better. 

Let us know about this part as well.

We can help you get through this.

Best, Howard