My Migraine Relief Story
How I Learned to deal with migraine headaches.
My name is Alicia Westjohn and I have been a migraineur since I was 12 years old.
Over the past 15 years I’ve tried every migraine treatment imaginable. I’ve tried every pill, drug and therapy known, and some that probably aren’t FDA approved to get rid of these awful headaches. Some of these things worked for a while, but usually it wasn’t long before a migraine would come roaring back.
It wasn’t too long ago that I realized some very important things about my migraines.
- Most of my doctors didn’t really understand my pain. One even told me it was all in my head!
- I was taking so many meds that the fact I was taking so many meds was causing more problems! Including more migraines!
- That I was spending a lot of money for things that were making my migraines worse not better.
I knew that if I didn’t do something though, that by not treating my migraines I would be exposing myself to even worse medical problems.
I was at my wits end when a friend of mine sent me an email with a link to a website about migraine relief. She said that this site had taught her how to deal with her migraines in a natural, safe way. So I took a look and gave it a try.
I was amazed at the results. I tried one of the relief methods the next time I felt a migraine coming on… In ten minutes that migraine was over and done with, and it didn’t come right back either.
I quickly began following the other tips and techniques in the program and now I have far fewer migraine “starts” as I call them now, cause when they start… I stop ‘em right in their tracks. It’s been more than a year since I discovered this migraine relief system and I haven’t missed a day of work or school or had to cancel a date because of a migraine since.
I had another friend of mine help build this site so that I could share my story with other people suffering from migraines. Due to copyright laws I can’t share everything I learned about migraines from the migraine relief system, but I can tell you that it is available for only $27. When you consider that I saved over $330 a month on meds this past year that looks like the best investment of $27 I ever made.
I’ve made an arrangement with the publisher of the migraine relief system to keep it available at the $27 price, just click this link to get your own copy and take control of your migraines.
There are many common misconceptions about migraines that can make it harder for sufferers to get a good diagnosis and treatment.
1 – Migraines are all in the head, an overreaction to a normal headache, etc. In other words they are not real.
False. Migraines are a biological primary headache disorder. Migraine pain is not always confined to the head, though that is typically where it is the worst.
2 – The cause of migraines is known.
Unfortunately, this is false There are a number of interesting theories being brought forward, but so far, no single, definite biological cause of migraines has been discovered.
3 – All migraine sufferers have the same symptoms.
Also false. This is one reason why migraines so hard to diagnose, more so if the patient’s doctor is only aware of the most common symptoms.
4 – A doctor can usually tell if headache pain is a migraine or not.
Not all the time. The wide array of symptoms that often accompany a migraine headache can make it difficult to diagnose, especially if the patient is not open with their doctor about all their symptoms.
5 – Migraines can be cured.
Though I wish this were true, sadly, it’s not. Once they’ve been properly diagosed many migraineurs still have to spend a lot of time and energy to managing their migraines through medication, natural/homeopathic remedies, even diet and lifestyle changes. Each of the many available coping methods work differently for each migraine sufferer, so there is not just one way to treat all migraneurs.
6 – Only Women get migraines.
Although it may seem true, and women migraineurs do outnumber the men by 3 to 1, there is no evidence of a sex-linked cause.
7 – Only adults get migraines.
Migraines occur across all age groups there have been adolescents, children, and even infants diagnosed with migraines.
8 – Every headache a migraineur has is a migraine
Not true. Migraine sufferers suffer from plain old fashioned sinus, tension, or stress headaches just like anyone else.
Face it, migraines are not cheap. Recently, there have been studies showing that these chronic and debilitating headaches are costly not only for those that suffer from them, but also for their families and their employers too.
The people that suffer from migraine headaches (sometimes called Migraineurs) experience a huge loss in their quality of life, not to mention the financial burden. Migraine sufferers and their families spend, typically, more than 70 percent more for health care than families blessed not to have a migraineur. Adding insult to injury, migraine sufferers often suffer from lost wages due to the time away from work. It is unfortunate, but when it comes time for a raise or promotion, migraineurs take a hit because of the percieved “unreliability” that results from their condition and attempts to get treatment for their migraines.
Employers don’t escape the expense trap either. According to some estimates US employers spend in excess of twenty-four billion dollars a year for migraine related costs. Absenteesim, short-term disability and workmans comp account for roughly half that amount. If “presenteeism” (loss of productivity while suffering a migraine “on the job”) cost are included the estimates skyrocket.
The largest direct cost of migraines for US employers is outpatient care (~$6.2 billion annually) with prescription drugs a close second at roughly $5.2 billion per year. Inpatient care and emergency costs make up the remaining percentage of the $12.7 billion total.
But that is just the United States slice of the migraine pie. In the United Kingdom alone more than 25 million work or school days were lost last year becuase of migraines. The costs of absenteeism and lost productivity have reached the point that many companies are creating programs to encourage employees suffering from migraines to seek treatment.