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Texas Migraine Clinic

THE TOP 6 QUESTIONS ANSWERED

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Q: What’s the difference between what you do and Pain Management, Botox, Aimovig | Ajovi | Emgality, Topamax (Topiramate | Trokendi XR), Chiropractic, Massage, Acupuncture, etc.?

A: Pain Management approaches (e.g., injections), the newer injectables, and alternative therapies can be beneficial to bridge pain attacks. However, if side effects or only partial relief occurs with these approaches, consider the only approach that we are aware of that targets the source. Our evaluation and treatment System abolishes symptoms whenever they occur. We call this "reversal" of pain and symptoms, versus just "relief." This System routinely results in the actual healing of the pain generating source without the pain management interventions mentioned. Symptoms rapidly become less frequent, less intense, then in most cases, consistently absent.*

Q: Control of my triggers is the most common advice that I have heard. How important are these things I'm avoiding?!

A: Picture a glass 4/5 full of water. Imagine that’s a neck problem. Then, add more water to the top, to overflowing. Think of those as triggers that you just poured on the top. We focus on emptying the water from the glass with our system(by fixing your neck problem). Then, you can pour triggers into the glass, but they stop overflowing into headaches and migraines.

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Your head overloads sensitive neck structures that cascade pain up into nerves in your head and face.
Your head overloads sensitive neck structures that cascade pain up into nerves in your head and face.
Q: Why do my symptoms worsen as the day goes on, especially in the early afternoon?

A: As soon as you sit up and get out of bed in the morning, you put your 8-pound head onto your neck. Then, whether you’re sitting, standing, walking, or driving, your neck doesn’t get a break until late at night, when you lie down again to sleep. The reason that your symptoms worsen by early afternoon is that the weight of your head is smashing sensitive structures and nerves in your neck. Those irritated nerves then shoot pain up into your head, just like hitting your funny bone shoots pain out into your forearm and fingers. This pattern of headache worsening by early afternoon is actually a great diagnostic sign! It points to your neck as the problem, versus your brain or blood vessels in your head. Of course, if you’re concerned about sorting that out further, consult your physician.

Q: Why do my symptoms worsen as the day goes on, especially in the early afternoon?

A: As soon as you sit up and get out of bed in the morning, you put your 8-pound head onto your neck. Then, whether you’re sitting, standing, walking, or driving, your neck doesn’t get a break until late at night, when you lie down again to sleep. The reason that your symptoms worsen by early afternoon is that the weight of your head is smashing sensitive structures and nerves in your neck. Those irritated nerves then shoot pain up into your head, just like hitting your funny bone shoots pain out into your forearm and fingers. This pattern of headache worsening by early afternoon is actually a great diagnostic sign! It points to your neck as the problem, versus your brain or blood vessels in your head. Of course, if you’re concerned about sorting that out further, consult your physician.

Joints throughout your neck produce headaches from barometric pressure changes

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Q: Why do I have tightness in my upper shoulders and shoulder blades every single day?

A: Your upper shoulder and shoulder blade muscles don’t just get tight on their own. Nerves make your muscles contract and get tight. Those nerves come out of your neck. Sure, you very likely blame it simply on stress. However, chances are you notice that tightness on weekends too, when you’re not nearly as stressed. In this System, you’ll quickly learn how to abolish that tightness and keep it gone, as well as any arm symptoms if you have any. Then, the tightness, including arm symptoms, rapidly becomes less frequent, and in most cases, absent altogether.

Q: What exactly is happening with hormones around my cycle that cause me to get menstrual migraines?

A: Estrogen is an “excitatory” hormone, which means that it makes brain cells give off more of an electrical discharge. Progesterone, on the other hand, is an “inhibitory” hormone, which means that it calms those cells down. When the body is making more estrogen than progesterone, it can make the nervous system, well, “excitable.” Think PMS, and you get the idea.

We have observed that this nervous system excitability causes increased muscle tightness throughout your neck. This muscle tightness jams the neck joints together, overloading them. Those joints, in turn, cascade symptoms up into your head and face. We target those joints with our System. It’s routine that monthly cycles rapidly become less of a trigger, usually taking anywhere from 3 to 4 months with severe cases before there’s no reaction at all to menstrual cycles.

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*We will contact you during our clinic hours to answer any questions that you might have about your condition, insurance coverage, or concerns.