Hi, My name is Donna and my journey with migraines began nearly 30 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. At the time I did not understand why my headaches were so awful and did not have them diagnosed until I was 38. The pain was so intense in my head that I wanted to cry or scream but that made it hurt even more. I would need to lay down in a dark room with no noise and would have a bucket next to the bed as I often vomited with the pain. From the age of 22 until 38 I would get them spasmodically but then they started to come more and more frequently until I was diagnosed with chronic migraine. At this time I would have them nearly every day.
My GP prescribed many different medications to try and stop the migraines but nothing worked. Eventually I saw a neurologist who also prescribed many different medications to try and stop the onset of the migraines but they also did not work and the side effects were awful. These included nearly fainting from low blood pressure and anxiety.
The only medication that worked was a triptan medication called Naramig. It would work if I took it early enough in the migraine process but I was having to take it more and more often for it to be effective and you are only allowed to take 2 a day which was scary as I was already up to taking that much.
I also tried regular acupuncture for a period of 4 months, low amine diets, had chiropractic and osteopathic intervention and saw a naturopath and followed her eating regime. None of this helped.
My life was so restricted by my migraines that I really limited all that I did and conserved my energy carefully. I was afraid to make plans as a lot of the time I had to cancel or cut short activities. All of this greatly affected my husband and family too and they were quite distressed themselves having to watch me in constant pain.
I honestly thought that this was going to be my life and I did not know how I was going to keep going on once the Naramig lost it's effectiveness.
Then one night while watching the TV on A Current Affair I heard the story of a little girl who had had successful treatment for migraine headaches that had given her, her life back. I was very cautious but a spark of hope lit when I listened to her story. Maybe this would be able to help me too.
I made an appointment with my GP to discuss this treatment and she researched it for me. I also did my own research and so did my family.
After doing thorough research my GP advised me that the Doctor who does this treatment is fully accredited and has published his research in reputable medical journals. She told me that it is not unusual for people to go overseas to specialist medical centres to receive treatment that is not available in Australia and gave me her blessing to go.
The Treatment that I received was in The Headache Clinic In South Africa by Dr. Shevel. He is a really kind, caring and professional doctor. He is a GP, dentist and Maxilofacial surgeon. His treatment worked for me and I have not had a migraine for 2 months. I still get mild headaches sometimes but often they go away without any medication. My husband and I traveled to South Africa so that I could receive treatment in August this year. We stayed there for one month so that we could keep seeing Dr. Shevel to make sure that the treatment was going to be effective. Dr. Shevel ascertains where your pain is originating from and cauterizes those blood vessels to reduce the blood flow which was the cause of my migraines. He and his team are just so encouraging, helpful and thorough. The clinic was full of people each time I was there and every person that was there was treated in the same manner. They understand your pain, are genuinely concerned for you and really happy for you when pain breakthrough is achieved.
I am just so thrilled to be able to make plans and keep them, to not wake up every morning and have to brace myself for the day, wondering when the pain will start. I honestly feel like I have my life back! It is now up to me to readjust my thinking and learn to be more adventurous again!!
I cannot thank Dr. Shevel enough for his persistence in doing the research to make this treatment available and for his kindness and utmost care of me while I was in Sough Africa. I have never received better medical care in my life. The whole experience, even though I was nervous was such a blessing to me and my family.
If anyone would like to ask me more about my experience I would be happy to share more of my experience with you and I hope that many others are able to become migraine free and have their lives back. Donna.
3 years 7 months ago - 3 years 7 months ago#21312by Peter
Peter replied the topic: My Journey with migraines.
Welcome to the CPA Forum!
And what great news you have to share. Hopefully this method of treatment will find its way here to Australia and people like you won't have to travel to another country to get some relief.
I hope for you that the treatment is permanent and that you never have another migraine; they are just the worst pain, because they are in the head and so close to the brain.
I suffer a lot of migraine type headaches, with all the symptoms of migraines, but they are caused by my neck. So we know where it all comes from, just have to treat the neck to try and get some relief. I don't have a migraine problem per se'. The headaches are just similar.
Anyway, thank you for sharing this wonderful news and please join into any discussion you feel like.
I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)
So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)
Mrs S replied the topic: My Journey with migraines.
welcome, I am so glad that you were able to access this treatment and that it is working for you . Hopefully this treatment will become available in Australia in time, i have quite a few friends who suffer constant debilitating migraines and would love to see them find a treatment that would give them back their quality of life.