It is possible that you could have PFO. Migraine or severe headaches are one of the main symptoms. My neurologist said stroke was the only thing PFO's caused but then a month later my regular Dr sent me for a TEE with bubble study (painless) and I was diagnosed with it. I had an Amplatzer multi fenestrated 'Cribriform' device implanted by heart catheterization. I haven't had 1 headache and feel like a new person. I suffered with headaches nearly everyday for the last 15 years. Go to Amplatzer.com and you can read about PFO's and ASD's. They are also in the middle of a clinical trial for migraine sufferers.
I keep reading all these comments about how everyone is suffering with their migraines and going in the hospital for treatment etc, but no one will listen to me about the PFO! I'm telling you I haven't had 1 headache since the procedure 9/29/09.
I hope someone out there will at least go to Amplatzer.com or google PFO and migraines.
No more migraines
The symptoms of ASD and PFO (you can google) become worse in the 4th decade of life. 30% of the population has an ASD or PFO and 50% of chronic migraine sufferers have it. In the last 2 years it has just become public knowledge about these statistics. My physician used the Cleveland Clinic website to research. I started having migraines everyday and they did the TEE with bubble study (you can google) and I had it! I was given the option of surgery to repair it if I wanted to at least try to have some type of normal life w/o migraines. I chose the repair that was done via cath lab (not open heart surgery) and from the day I had it done I haven't had another migraine. All these people having migraines everyday would be begging their Drs to check them for this. It was a very mild procedure I was fully awake while they did it and I had no discomfort at all. The reward of no more migraines was worth it. I tried all the RX meds to prevent migraines and was living a depressed worthless life doped up on that stuff. You should at least do some research on the internet if you are serious about finding a cure.
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no more migraines
Well I guess I should start doing some reading on Lyme disease as no one can find any answers to these headaches I have had for ten years.
Ben: at jefferson hospital I would imagine they do admits for the IV infusions you mentioned for breaking the pain cycle?
I am in ottawa, Ont. and can't find anything about this. Most are not even aware of it.
Still looking for answers to this daily severe temporal headache!!!!