Friday, March 5, 2010
AVE and Tension Migraines
I started experiencing headaches when I was ten years old. Most weeks I'd have them at least every second day, and they often made school difficult for me. Fluorescent lights, the sun and humidity often made them unbearable. I've never been able to pinpoint exactly what was causing them, although I do brux (grind my teeth) at night, which my dentist thought was a contributing factor.
Around the time I was twelve years old, I went to a neurologist. He checked everything out and told me that I was suffering from tension migraines. He told me there are no prescriptions for these type of headaches (they are different from the aura-type migraines that many people experience). His recommendation was to get Botox injections, as they paralyze the muscles (which were tensing and causing the headaches). I never went through with it, mostly because I was terrified of the idea of having needles stuck in my head. Botox is also fairly costly, and there an approval process is needed for most insurance companies to agree to pay for it.
So, over the years I continued to take Ibuprofen and Tylenol for the pain. I built up a tolerance to the drugs to the point where I'd be taking twelve extra strength pills a day. Of course, this much pain-reliever is hard on your stomach and liver! In Canada, half of the cases of liver sclerosis are attributed to Tylenol. But I had no other choice - I would be miserable and unable to get through my days if I didn't take the painkillers.
I finally decided to give audio-visual entrainment (AVE) a try. I have a PAL, and I initially began using the Beta Perker session with no success. I was going to give up, figuring that maybe AVE just wasn't going to work for my particular problem. However, a while later I decided to try the Schumann Resonance session (an alpha session) and I was amazed with the results. The session itself was beyond relaxing - I'm not sure if I fell asleep, or if I was just extremely relaxed, but when the session ended 20 minutes later I felt great.
I have been using this session every day (or every second day) for almost three weeks now. In that time, I've only had one migraine (and that was on a day when I didn't run a session). This is incredible for me, as in the past I would have at least four migraines a week.
I am so glad I never tried Botox, and that I have AVE to use instead. Over the years, I'm sure I would have destroyed my stomach with painkillers. Sometimes it's just a matter of finding the correct session(s) for a particular problem.
Labels: Tension Migraines