Hi Bethanylynn. I was thoroughly satisfied with my experience at Dr. Brendan Cleary's clinic. It may seem expensive but perhaps your health insurance will cover some?
It is rather annoying, but not surprising that acupuncture is not treated as other treatment modes by insurance companies. As though reactive distribution of needless drugs is more effective than proven ancient preventative and maintenance modes.
Anyway, I found relief from the treatments and others in the clinic did as well. It's very quiet in there as everyone is at one point of their affliction or another.
My first time I went in, he massaged my hand and even that eliminated my headache! Pretty cool. I haven't needed to return as I don't experience cluster migraines any longer.
Since you asked, I would highly recommend you try it.
Hope this helps, anything else, feel free to respond. Good luck.
Yes it is like a red-hot poker sticking into your eye.
Heavy duty breathing excersices can actually eliminate the headache but you need to know how to do it properly and for how long. I used to do it till my lips and fingers would get numb, then back off a tad, but kept it up. It does work wonders as does an oxygen tank.
I was on Imitrex which worked great for me, but I really dont like taking that heavy duty drug.
I've finally sured them and didn;t know it, but my wife figured it out. I had begun taking sertraline HCL (Zoloft) for anxiety, but the increased concentration of serotoniun in the trigeminal nerve systme seems to have been enough that I dont get them anymore.
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I just discovered my potential cure though (it's a 2 parter):
1) Was on an SSRI (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor) drug Sertraline for a few years for anxiety and hadn't had the cluster migraines in the same time. I went off the drug for some reason and immediately they returned.
2) I had my first appointment with Dr. Brendan Cleary at the Toronto Migraine Clinic in Georgetown, Ont. Dr. Cleary uses a rare form of accupuncture to treat migraines and purportedly has >90% success rate. People from all over the world go there, even a lady made a pilgrimage from Afghanistan.
I went in there with a migraine and left without it and it hasn't returned all day. I have a few more appointments but believe this will work. I want off Imitrex.
Conclusion: SSRI drugs for prevention and Accupuncture at this clinic.
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