Migraines – A National Epidemic
According to The Migraine Foundation 38 million men, women, and children suffer from migraine headaches, That is 12% of the population – more than diabetes and asthma combined. About 18% of American women and 6% of men suffer from migraine.
But how bad can a migraine be?
The answer is often something to the effect: “The most unbearable pain I have ever had.” Symptoms include throbbing head pain on one or both sides of the head, visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face.
It is an ordeal that can last up to 3 days or more. Some sufferers can be afflicted for one to two weeks a month. Often suffers have no choice but to lock themselves in a darkened room to for the duration – unable to work or barely function.
And the reality is that mainstream medicine has little to offer patients who suffer from migraines. Most doctors simply write a prescription for “painkillers” and suggest some “lifestyle” changes. Over the counter and prescription pain relievers are marginally effective at best — and come with all the dangers associated with self-medication — addiction, over-dosing, and even death.
Is There a Solution?
Given the limited success in treating migraines with traditional medicine, more and more patients and physicians have been seeking alternative solutions. The good news is that in the holistic medical community there are strategies that have demonstrated the ability to relieve symptoms, if not prevent recurrence of migraines altogether.
Let’s follow the story of two patients. We will call one, Ellen. She suffered from two kinds of headaches. One she called a “tension headache,” the other was a “migraine.” The second patient Gail suffered terrible migraines, whenever she had her period.
After years of searching for answers, they were fortunate to meet Dr. Igor Ostrovsky – a holistic physician (with both an MD and a PhD). His approach to treatment is based on the premise that migraines are caused by a dysfunctional response of the autonomic nervous system to certain “triggers”. Some of these triggers are activated by food sensitivities, hormonal imbalances, or scars from previous traumas or illnesses.
Once the doctor has an understanding of what may be the cause, he can treat. Sometimes, it is as simple as avoiding certain foods that trigger the headaches. For example, with Ellen he injected a small amount of egg extract under her skin. A few minutes later she had her tension headache. Dairy caused the migraine. The moment she stopped eating these foods her problem was resolved.
For Gail, Dr. Ostrovsky used neural therapy. In this cases, he injected a simple anesthetic in the region of certain trigger points, associated with menstruation. Numbing the trigger points allowed the nerves, muscles, and fascia in the area to “relax” and return to their normal, pre-menstrual state. Once the autonomic nerves were reset, they functioned normally, not sending pain signals to the brain or to other parts of the body. Her treatments took only a few weeks. Since then her periods are not associated with headache pain.
For many of Dr. Ostrovsky’s patients, the freedom from headaches is ongoing. Others need only come back once every few months for a “touch up”. In addition, Dr. Ostrovsky adds additional supportive therapies, such as vitamin infusions, homeopathy, and acupuncture. Each therapy has its place – the goal is to rebuild the patient’s overall health. A patient who has a strong, vibrant constitution is less likely to succumb to headaches and other chronic health problems.
Dr. Ostrovsky does emphasize that each patient is unique. What works for one patient does not necessarily work with another. So it is important to visit a physician for a thorough examination, before beginning a new therapeutic regimen.
Migraine headache remains one of the most challenging health issues. However, both physicians and patients are realizing that there are answers – solutions that are based on simple, natural, and most importantly, non-drug based treatments.
Igor Ostrovsky, M.D., Ph.D. specializes in regenerative therapies, nutritional, preventive approaches, and anti-aging medicine. His unique expertise combines a range of treatments—from acupuncture and homeopathy to intravenous vitamins, chelation therapy, bio-identical hormone replacement and neurointegration.
Dr. Igor Ostrovsky is a Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Academy of Pain Management, American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), Pan American Allergy Society, Charter Fellow of the American College of Acupuncture, and Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of New York. Dr. Ostrovsky studied Neural Therapy from Dr. Ulrike Aldag, director of the Berlin Institute for Neural Therapy.
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