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SPJ777
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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 7/23/2013 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
My wife suffers from daily headaches which turn into severe migraines 3 - 4 times per month. We have been going to Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago but really have gotten no relief. We have tried going to 2 other "headache specialists" but both have turned us away, saying that they can do nothing additional for us.
Is there really no additional help out there for people who suffer like this. We are very frustrated and wonder is she will have to put up with this for the remainder of her life.
Any advise from anyone would be greatly appreciated

karenj1
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   Posted 7/23/2013 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my 2nd migraine surgery June 27, 2013 where they removed the R temporal artery & tied it off @ the forehead, they also cut out a window in the temporalis muscle bilaterally so the muscle doesn't squeeze on any nerves or blood vessels. It improved my headaches by 75 to 80%. My pain was in the bil. temporal area & u could always feel the artery being very painful, tight, distended, & throbbing. Last yr. they removed the zygomaticotemporalis nerve bilaterally which was a total failure. Out of 50 migraine surgery patients I was his only failure. He did nerve blocks for 2 mos. afterwards to pin down the trigger sites, the circular ridge around the temples. On my pre-surgery consult he noticed the bulging temporal artery & felt it throbbing. It's not suppose to throb much if @ all, but some people have throbbing, but only a few have pain w/the throbbing per the doctor. He felt it had much to do w/my daily, 37 yr. migraines, which by the way destroyed my life & nursing career. I took early retirement as a result. I have some smaller throbbing in many of the other blood vessels, but I can lay down for a while & it lets up w/o drugs now. I think in chronic daily headaches the arteries are responsible for much of migraine pain & has been a big mystery. It's very much underestimated & triggers the trigeminal nerve which sends you into hell as it produces lots of prostaglandin (Pain chemical, decreases the endorphines, decreases seratonin causing depression, & decreases trytophan (sleep inducer). Then follows nausea, etc. Dr. Barry Eppley, plastic surgeon in Avon, IN is the awesome surgeon who did my surgery. Ph. no. 317-217-2200. Google Migraine Surgery, not migraine headaches & the migraine surgeons pop up. There you will see the research & real truth & info. Forget Diamond Headache Clinic (they've never even heard of migraine surgery), forget neurologists (I despise them-they know little & their "oh, you're having rebound headaches from too much migraine meds" BS is exactly that "BS". Only under "Migraine Surgery" will you find your knowledge & real help. I had to pay for it as insurance & medicare won't cover it. Medicaid now pays for the excision of the zygomaticaltemporalis nerve as of Jan. 2, 2013. There are 4 cerebral zones in the head, & the temporal area is the most common area but it has many trigger sites, so you can't give up. Study the research so see where your wife falls in at. I am a RN/BSN & now do paramedical exams part-time. Good luck.
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