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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 8/14/2007 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been suffering from migraines for about 25 years.  Mine are not often (4-5 times a year), but they are still debilitating and I lose 2-3 days of my life after I have one.  I have aura, numbness on right side, vomiting and then intense pain for 6-8 hours.  Usually the next day I am in a fog, suffer from diahrea from the medication and by the third day usually better to go to work, but not myself and very fatiqued and feel like I have just been ran over by a train.  I have tried every abortive medication on the market in 25 years and they all work okay, but the side effects of upset stomach and "fogginess", rapid heart rate, etc. are still there.  I recently heard about ear stapling to prevent migraines (also for weight loss, quit smoking, etc.)  I researched it not beleiving for a second it would work.  However, the cost of the medication,  and more importantly losing time at work and from my kids, I decided to try it.  I had a staple placed in both ears in March to prevent migraines.  The certified technician who placed mine said she was pinching off the energy channel (accupuncture technique) in my ear that often becomes clogged with toxins, stress etc. that caused migraines.  To my amazement I have been migraine free for 5 1/2 months.  I have done nothing different (diet, sleep, etc.)  You can only leave the staples in for 90 days and then they have to be replaced.  I will continue to do this and hope they continue to work.  I wanted to share my story with others so they might too find a medication free way to deal with the "migraine curse!"

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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 617
   Posted 8/15/2007 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Missourimom,

Pardon me, but you barely have enough migraines to know if the stapling treatment worked because of the short amount of time you had them in.  Or was it just a little longer between your rare migrainee attacks.  A "certified technician" sounds like they've sold you quite the "deal."  Hey, if alternative medicine works for you, great.  You obviously don't have any of the new medications available for preventing and/or aborting the migraine condition.  Plus, my ears are "Pinched" so many times, with piercings, that I should have been cured a long time ago.  Besides, my piercings go well with my blue hair, but don't do a dern thing for my migraines.
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  • On Disablility for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ 
  • Divorced, 42, no children
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(four molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals) 
  • Current Meds: Lexapro, Klonopin, Wellbutrin, Migranol, Trazadone, Buspar, Nexium, Skelaxin,  Phenergan, Chantix, Iron Pills, PROHIBITED FROM ALL NSAIDS
  • Current Problem: Internal Bleeding, possible ulcer in location of Gastric Bypass
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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 8/16/2007 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually, I should have had at least 2 headaches in this time frame (5 1/2 months) so I am counting my lucky stars!  Your right I am lucky only getting 4 or 5 a year, but  with a 25 year track record, I'm pretty in tune with my headaches and what works and what doesn't.  I have been using the  abortive medicines, Axert and Imitrex and like I said they do work, but I hate the side effects for days after. 
I may have been sold "quite the deal" but it's working for me and I don't have to worry about the awful side effects.
Good luck with your headaches and like I said stapling it may not be for everyone, but if it works for one person...that's one less miserable person out there! 
P.S.  Maybe all those piercings aren't in the right place? 
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