The informal migraine case study at Seacoast Neurofeedback LLC, has been extended. The original dates for the 10 week study were April 14th, to June 23rd. One subject needed to suspend treatment due to life circumstances but is now ready to proceed. This period will likely be completed sometime in mid November and data compilation will be complete after the first of the year.
Leaky Gut Syndrome or intestinal hyper permeability is a condition that's more common than previously thought so if you have any of the following you may want to consider leaky gut as a possibility.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS); functional GI diseases
Inflammatory bowel disease, Celiac disease
Cancer (esophagus, colorectal)
Infections (e.g. respiratory)
Acute inflammation (sepsis, SIRS, MOF)
Chronic inflammation (e.g. arthritis)
Obesity-associated metabolic diseases such as type I diabetes
This is an appropriate discussion here because this condition and others can slow progress with the LENS.
Cure is a word often used indiscriminately as though it has more than one meaning. It’s even been used to define the use of vaccination as a cure for such maladies that have plagued mankind for centuries. Some of these are as follows:
There’s a difference between cure and prevention. They don’t mean the same thing and they’re not interchangeable.
Malaria? Hundreds of thousands worldwide continue to die every year from this dreadful disease, mostly in African/Sub-Saharan regions, so we can hardly say it’s been cured. Once a person has malarial infection it’s extremely difficult to treat.
Have these diseases really been cured? The official definition of cure states: To relieve the symptoms of a disease or condition (I challenge this definition). Save bacterial infection, have we really cured anything? The above listed diseases have not been cured. They have been prevented. Cure means that you can treat the people that actually have the disease and rid them of the disease itself, not merely alleviate symptoms. This has rarely happened in Western Medicine, or any medicine for that matter.
If you’re being seen for any condition in which the practitioner uses the word cure, start asking a lot of questions? What does that mean in terms of how they are treating you and possible outcomes? Once you’ve gathered the necessary information you will have what you need to make a decision on how you want to be proceed and whom you want to see.
I refrain from ever using “cure” in my practice. It’s a word that has different connotations for different people. Brain based conditions respond very well to the LENS (low energy neurofeedback), including migraine. Freedom; I just don’t have them anymore; I haven’t had any since…
Hemiplegic migraine, familial (runs in the family) or sporadic (single individual). A frightening experience, the symptoms can mimic a stroke and medical attention should be sought immediately. Extensive diagnostic workup will help determine treatment options. Symptoms are characterized by motor weakness on one side of the body, headache, aura, nausea, light and sound sensitivity.
Neuroplasticity is everything and it could be the key to entrepreneurial success. It could be the key to any success for that matter. The best part is you're never too old. Neuroplasticity and malleability are always within our grasp. So what does that say about the old dog and the new tricks? Everything.
Just completed week 4 of 10 in the informal migraine case study. To date, one subject with complete resolution of headaches after 8 sessions. We worked with her outside the study period due to time constraints so she is ahead of the rest of the group in the study. A second subject with chronic migraine of more than 15 days/ month and multiple triggers, reports she is doing very well and seems to be smiling a lot these days. Two others are reporting a shift in headache patterns. One subject continues with little movement but her reports are promising. One subject has been released from the study due to unreported health issues during the assessment period. That's it so far.
Stay tuned for future updates as the study progresses. Study ends mid July and data should be available by the 1st of August.
When we think of migraine we often associate it with women. 75% of migraineurs are women but it's been estimated that as much as 10% of men are sufferers. The difference is that men are incredibly under-diagnosed. Check out this article about men and migraine.
Migraine statistics are staggering. It's the third most prevalent disease process in the world and that one alone is mind boggling.
In the US there are 37 million suffering from migraine
Some studies suggest that 13% of the US population suffers from migraine
18% of women
6% of men though this has been estimated to be as high as 10%
75% of migraineurs are women
More than 70% have a family history
Almost half of all migraine sufferers have not been formally diagnosed
25% have one or more migraines a week
Loss of productivity in the US is estimated between 5.6 and 17.2 billion dollars
The most common symptoms:
85% describe the pain as throbbing or pulsing
80% have light sensitivity
76% Sound sensitivity
73% report nausea
59% have pain on one side
44% have vision changes
36% have an aura
29% report vomiting
In fact, it's not really about being a headache at all but it is the part we remember most. There are 4 distinct phases of a migraine: Prodrome, Aura, Headache, Postdrome, putting it squarely on the seizure-spectrum. We'll save that for another post. In the meantime check out this article
If there's anything we know about migraines, as with any malady, it's that what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for the other. There is no such thing as a panacea. If any practitioner claims a 100% success rate it's probably time to move on and find another.
One thing that worked consistently for me was EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). I had classic migraine (30% of sufferers) which means I had an intense visual aura preceding all headaches. It means I had a warning with about 40 minutes to decide exactly what I was going to do.
Enter EFT or tapping. OK, so it's not going to work for everybody but, it might just work for you. It sure did for me. The thing to keep in mind is that it has to be started as soon as you recognize the aura coming on.
As I said previously if I started the process at the onset of the aura I could completely avert the headache. I still had the postdrome (final phase of a migraine) but that I could live with.
Please watch the YouTube video. Educate yourself. This video is the intro to EFT and though it doesn't really teach you how to do it, it's a nice production and a good intro to the process. I encourage you all to learn this amazing technique to see where it can take you. It can mean the difference between headache or no headache and it can be a wonderful stopgap while working on finding what's right for you.