- CASE FILE
Chronic daily migraine since April 2016 after neck surgery for herniated disc. Fought migraines since I was 18. No quality of life at 47!
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I have fought migraines (which run in my family) for over 25 years. It seems as though the older I get the worse they have gotten. The pinnacle of my migraines came in April 2016. Three days after having neck surgery for a herniated disc I got a migraine that has never left. In other words I’ve had the same migraine now for over three years. The daily pain would become so unbearable, and untouched by my medications that we would have to go to the ER for a migraine cocktail. At one point we were averaging an ER trip every two weeks. By this point my wonderful career as a Business Manager for a multi-million dollar hardware store was diminishing. The store Owner worked with me in every way that he could, even allowing me to work from home as much as possible. But it became obvious the migraine was taking over my life. I had to resign from my position and seek disability through the Social Security Administration.
I have seen many doctors including multiple Neurologist, pain management doctors, Neurosurgeon’s and ENT doctors just to name a few. I feel as though I’ve tried every medication, every OTC drug, every procedure, every shot and every nose spray available for migraines. I have fortunately found one migraine medication that does help but still does not take the pain completely away. I began researching feverishly on the Internet for other people who shared my same pain and wondered how they got relief. I was encouraged when I came across a team of Anesthesiologist in Dallas, Texas who had developed a neurostimulator that helps control migraines. It’s called the Reed Procedure. I had a neurostimulator implanted in November 2016 with much hope. This to me was my last resort and my last ace in the hole. While I am happy to report that the stimulator does help, I still battle a daily chronic migraine that has robbed me of the wife, mother, grandmother, employee, co-worker and friend that I know in my heart I can still be.
At this point my husband and I aren’t even sure what our next step should be. But I was overjoyed when I saw the commercial for Chasing the Cure. Finally, there may be someone out there that can get to the source of my pain and give me my life back!!! I have so much still to give!!!