Living With Migraines: Alternative Treatments

Living With Migraines: Alternative Treatments

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IF YOU’RE A MIGRAINE SUFFERER THEN YOU KNOW
HOW UNBEARABLE LIFE CAN SOMETIMES BE. MIGRAINE AND HEADACHE DISORDERS CAN SOMETIMES BE DEVESTATING
FOR A PERSON, NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY BUT EMOTIONALLY AS WELL. THIS MORNING, WE’RE GONNA TALK MORE
ABOUT WHAT CAUSES MIGRAINES AND WHAT TREATMENTS ARE OUT THERE TODAY, AND HOW YOU CAN IMPROVE
YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE. JOINING ME THIS MORNING TO DISCUSS THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC IS DR. RALPH
MENARD, BOARD-CERTIFIED ANESTHESIOLOGIST WITH A SUBSPECIALTY IN PAIN MEDICINE, GREG LEWIS,
THE DIRECTOR OF ADVANCED MIGRAINE RELIEF, AND JENNY BRUNER, WHO HAS SUFFERED FROM CHRONIC
MIGRAINES FOR 7 YEARS. GOOD MORNING TO ALL OF YOU.
(IN UNISON) GOOD MORNING. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. BEFORE WE
GET STARTED, I HAVE A FEW STATISTICS I’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU, AND DOCTOR, I’D LIKE YOU
TO CHIME IN ON THESE IF YOU MAY. MORE THAN 37 MILLION PEOPLE SUFFER FROM MIGRAINES. WOW!
AND THAT’S 10% OF THE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES ALONE. NOT COUNTING THE WORLD. THAT’S
JUST THE UNITED STATES. AND AS YOU MAY HAVE MENTIONED, 75% OF THOSE ARE WOMEN.
WHICH LEADS ME TO #2. LISTEN TO THIS. 3 OUT OF 4 MIGRAINE SUFFERERS ARE WOMEN, USUALLY
BETWEEN THE AGES OF 20 AND 45. WOMEN WHO SUFFER FROM MIGRAINES ALSO TEND TO REPORT MIGRAINES
THAT ARE MUCH MORE PAINFUL AND WITH WORSE SYMPTOMS, INCLUDING NAUSEA AND VOMITING. THAT’S
ALARMING! IT IS. IT IS. BECAUSE THOSE KIND OF THINGS,
THEY DISRUPT YOUR DAY. YOU CAN’T WORK IF YOU’RE NAUSEATED AND VOMITING. YOU SPEND ALL YOUR
TIME ON THE TOILET. UGH IT’S TRUE!
YEAH. AND YOU CAN’T EVEN FUNCTION, AND JENNY, I
KNOW THAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU’VE LIVED THROUGH. TELL ME YOUR PERSONAL STORY.
IT STARTED IN 2007, AND ONE DAY, FOR WHATEVER REASON, I WOKE UP WITH A MIGRAINE AND IT JUST
NEVER WENT AWAY. SO WE HAD TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WAS GOING ON AND AFTER USING MULTIPLE MEDICATIONS
AND TRYING ACUPUNCTURE AND INJECTIONS AND WHATNOT, WE FINALLY FOUND–.
MASSAGE. –AND MASSAGES, YES. WE FINALLY FOUND THE
NEUROSTIMULATOR. AND THANK GOODNESS, BECAUSE MY BEST FRIEND
SUFFERS FROM MIGRAINES AND SHE’LL TELL…AND I CAN’T RELATE, SHE’LL TELL ME, “OLGA, IT
PARALYZES ME.” HOW IS IT AFFECT…HOW DID IT AFFECT YOUR LIFE?
I HAD TO GO DOWN ON MY HOURS AT WORK, WHICH WAS VERY, VERY HARD, BECAUSE BEING A TEACHER–.
OH. –I LOVE THAT. AND SO IT WAS VERY HARD TO
SAY GOODBYE TO SOME OF MY CLASSES. AND THEN I HAD TO MOVE BACK HOME BECAUSE I WAS UNABLE
TO PAY MY BILLS BECAUSE I WAS UNABLE TO WORK, AND IT WAS VERY HARD BEING A YOUNG, IN YOUR
LATE 20s, TYPE OF PERSON AND HAVING TO GO BACK AND RELY ON MOM AND DAD.
AND DOCTOR, I KNOW YOU CAN RELATE ‘CAUSE YOU SUFFER FROM MIGRAINES.
I DO. YES. 13 YEARS OLD WAS MY FIRST MIGRAINE. AND THEN RECENTLY, WENT HOME, HAD ONE OF THOSE
BAD MIGRAINES WHERE YOU CAN’T THINK, AND SO I WAS TRYING TO PUSH IN THE ALARM CODE BUTTONS,
I GOT THE NUMBERS RIGHT BUT I COULDN’T GET THE ORDER RIGHT, AND FINALLY THEY HAD TO CALL
ME UP AND ASK ME WHAT MY PASSWORD WAS. YOU COULDN’T EVEN DO THAT!
I…NO! AND GREG, LET ME READ THIS STATISTIC AND I’D
LIKE YOU TO CHIME IN ON THIS. ACCORDING TO THE MIGRAINE RESEARCH FOUNDATION, AMERICAN
EMPLOYERS HAVE LOST MORE THAN 13 BILLION, WITH A B, DOLLARS, RESULTING FROM 113 MILLION
LOST WORK DAYS DUE TO MIGRAINES. WHAT AN IMPACT! YEAH, IT’S A HUGE IMPACT. AND TO WHAT JENNY
SAID EARLIER, IT AFFECTS YOUR…IT AFFECTS YOUR FAMILY LIFE BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE THE
COMPENSATION OR THE INCOME COMING IN FROM THE JOB THAT YOU WANT TO HAVE BUT YOU JUST
CAN’T FUNCTION. YOU CAN’T HAVE THE JOB DUE TO THE LIGHTS IN THE OFFICE OR JUST THE ENVIRONMENT
ITSELF. YOU CAN’T…YOU CAN’T FUNCTION. YOU CAN’T GET THE JOB DONE. AND THE EMPLOYERS,
UNFORTUNATELY, HAVE TO FIND SOMEBODY THAT CAN. AND IT’S…IT’S A BIG PROBLEM.
BUT WE GOT GREAT SOLUTIONS FOR PEOPLE OUT THERE AND JENNY, I KNOW YOU HAVE A GREAT STORY,
AND THINGS ARE MUCH BETTER FOR YOU, SO WHEN WE COME BACK WE’RE GONNA TALK MORE ABOUT MIGRAINES,
(MUSIC) WHAT CAUSES THEM, THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF MIGRAINES, TREATMENTS, AND THE HEALTH OF
THOSE LIVING WITH PAIN, SO STAY WITH US. THE BALANCING ACT WILL BE RIGHT BACK.
WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE. WE’VE BEEN TALKING WITH DR. RALPH MENARD, GREG LEWIS, THE DIRECTOR
OF ADVANCED MIGRAINE RELIEF, AND JENNY BRUNER, WHO HAS BEEN LIVING WITH MIGRAINES FOR 7 YEARS.
DOCTOR, TELL ME WHAT CAUSES MIGRAINES OR DO WE KNOW?
I WISH WE DID. WE DON’T.
I KNOW IT’S PART OF ACTIVATION OF ONE OF THE MAJOR NERVES IN THE HEAD, BUT OTHER THAN THAT
WE REALLY DON’T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS. AND LET’S BE HONEST, WHEN ONE SAYS “MIGRAINE”
AND ANOTHER SAYS “HEADACHE,” I KNOW FOR A FACT THEY’RE NOT THE SAME.
NO, NO, NO, THEY’RE NOT THE SAME. A MIGRAINE IS A TYPE OF HEADACHE, BUT THEY’RE NOT THE
SAME. THEY CAN BE TREATED QUITE DIFFERENTLY. EXACTLY. AND TREATMENTS FOR BOTH, AGAIN, TOTALLY
DIFFERENT. FOR THE MOST PART, YES.
ALL RIGHT, SO WHEN IT COMES TO TREATMENTS, GREG, WHAT OPTIONS ARE OUT THERE FOR PEOPLE
WHO SAY, “HEY, I HAVE MIGRAINES, I’VE DONE EVERYTHING. WHAT CAN I DO?”
YEAH, THERE ARE A LOT OF OPTIONS, AND THAT’S THE PROCESS THAT MOST MIGRAINERS, SUCH AS
JENNY, GO THROUGH. THEY START OFF WITH MEDICAL MANAGEMENT. THEY FIND A NEUROLOGIST THAT IS
TREATING THE MEDICATION SIDE TO TRY TO FIND SOMETHING THAT WILL RELIEVE THE MIGRAINE,
AND A LOT OF PATIENTS WILL RESPOND TO THIS. OVER TIME, IT MAY CHANGE, BUT A LOT OF PATIENTS
RESPOND TO THAT. ACTUALLY MOST PATIENTS RESPOND TO MEDICAL
THERAPY. OKAY.
THERE’S CHIROPRACTIC MASSAGE. THERE’S ACCUPUNCTURE. THERE’S BIO-FEEDBACK.
WOW! THERE’S ALL DIFFERENT TYPES THAT YOU LOOK
TO A HOLISTIC APPROACH, ALL THE WAY TO SURGICAL INTERVENTIONS, WHICH JENNY ENDED UP IN THE
SURGICAL INTERVENTION WITH NEUROSTIMULATION. BECAUSE SHE’S ONE OF THOSE UNFORTUNATE FEW
THAT FAILED EVERYTHING. AT THE END, WHEN THEY HAVE FAILED EVERYTHING–.
MM HMM. –THEN, WHAT WE DO IS WE PUT A LITTLE TINY
WIRE OVER…THERE’S FOUR NERVES THAT CONTROL HEADACHES. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHETHER YOU HAVE
A MIGRAINE OR WHAT, BUT FOUR NERVES CONTROL HEADACHES, AND IF WE CAN STIMULATE THOSE FOUR
NERVES, WE CAN CONTROL THE HEADACHE. I SEE.
SO WE PUT A LITTLE WIRE OVER THE NERVE ON THE FOREHEAD, ONE OVER EACH EYE, AND ONE OVER
EACH SIDE OF THE BACK OF THE HEAD, AND HOOK IT UP TO A BATTERY THAT’S ABOUT THE SIZE OF
A PACEMAKER. IN FACT, IT IS A PACEMAKER, JUST A DIFFERENT PROGRAM. AND ALL OF A SUDDEN,
THEY HAVE THEIR LIFE BACK AGAIN. AND I KNOW FOR A FACT, YOU’VE WITNESSED AMAZING
STORIES OF PEOPLE JUST BURSTING OUT IN TEARS. WELL, NOT THE PATIENT, WHICH IS THE FUNNY
THING. RECENTLY I HAD A FAMILY IN THE WAITING ROOM, WE TURNED THE STIMULATOR ON, HER HEADACHE
WENT AWAY, THE HUSBAND STARTED CRYING. OH, MY GOODNESS.
THAT BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES! NO, THAT’S AMAZING.
YES! OKAY, AND WHEN YOU FAILED EVERYTHING, JENNY,
AND YOU SOUGHT THIS TREATMENT, TELL ME HOW IT CHANGED YOU.
IT WAS AMAZING TO FINALLY HAVE SOMETHING THAT WORKED. AND IT TOTALLY CHANGED MY LIFE. IT
WAS…THERE WERE NO WORDS, ACTUALLY. (LAUGHTER). AND GREG, WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MAKES FOR SOMEONE
THAT REALLY–LIKE MY BEST FRIEND–JENNY, YOU KNOW, SHE’S LIVING WITH HER MOM AND DAD. SHE
CAN’T BECOME THE TEACHER SHE WANTS TO BE, AND SHAZAAM! NOW, SHE’S GOT HER LIFE BACK.
IT’S JUST GOT TO BE SO REWARDING. IT IS. IT…ESPECIALLY KNOWING JENNY AND HER
FAMILY. IT’S JUST…YOU SEE IT AND YOU WANNA CONTINUE THIS WITH OTHER PATIENTS AS BEST
YOU CAN. AGAIN, IT’S A PROCESS. IT’S…THIS…WHAT JENNY ENDED UP WITH, WITH NEUROSTIMULATION,
ISN’T FOR EVERYBODY. AND THE GOAL, HONESTLY, IS TO STOP SOMEWHERE BEFORE THAT. IT’S NICE
TO KNOW THAT IT’S AVAILABLE THOUGH. THERE’S DIFFERENT SURGICAL INTERVENTIONS, NEUROSTIMULATION
BEING ONE OF THEM THAT GETS THE CONTROL. IT’S NOT A CURE, IT’S A CONTROL MECHANISM.
DOCTOR? CORRECT. WE’RE NOT CURING THE PROBLEM. WHAT
WE DO IS GET THEIR LIFE BACK, BECAUSE NOW, THEY PUT CONTROL…THEY HAVE CONTROL OF THEIR
HEADACHES. AND IF ANYBODY WANTS INFORMATION ON MIGRAINES
OR TREATMENT OPTIONS, GREG, WHERE WOULD THEY GO?
controlmymigraine.com. IT’S A PAGE THAT YOU CAN GO TO, YOU CAN SET UP A ONE-ON-ONE APPOINTMENT,
AND WHAT WE DO IS WE GET YOU IN THE PROCESS AND WORK WITH YOU TO UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU’RE
AT. THAT’S THE STARTING POINT. IT IS NOT…IT IS NOT TRYING TO GET TO WHERE JENNY IS TODAY,
BUT TO FIND OUT WHERE YOU’RE AT. IT’S A PROCESS THAT ADVANCED MIGRAINE WORKS WITH YOU ON.
AND I LIKE THAT. YOU FIND OUT WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN, WHERE THEY’RE AT, AND WHERE THEY CAN
GO. YOU HAVE TO.
AND I WANT TO END WITH YOU, JENNY. FOR ANYONE OUT THERE THAT MAY THINK, “OKAY, REALLY? LIKE,
I’VE HAD THEM FOR X AMOUNT OF YEARS.” WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
I WOULD SAY, GO TO THE WEBSITE AND… …GET YOUR LIFE BACK?
EXACTLY. (LAUGHTER) YES. AND YOU DID.
BECAUSE YOU CAN. TEACHING FULL TIME, I’M ASSUMING!
TEACHING FULL TIME. I GOT MARRIED, AND EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL NOW.
YOU’RE NOT LIVING WITH MOM AND DAD NOW. NO. (LAUGHTER).
WELL, MORE IMPORTANT, SHE’S TEACHING LITTLE KIDS.
TWO YEAR OLDS! YES! TWO YEAR OLDS.
THE ONES THAT GIVE YOU… (LAUGHTER).
EXACTLY! EXACTLY. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
(LAUGHTER). I REMEMBER THE TERRIBLE TWOS. GOD BLESS ALL
OF YOU AND, JENNY, I’M SO GLAD YOU GOT YOUR LIFE BACK.
THANK YOU. AND IF YOU’D LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON THIS
IMPORTANT MEDICAL ISSUE, PLEASE VISIT US AT thebalancingact.com. THAT’S thebalancingact.com.
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