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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Migraines have been the plague of my life for forty years. I'm on a quest to put an end to them. I'm the most proactive patient you will ever see in your life. Some doctors would be intimidated by a middle-aged woman coming in waving a sheaf of papers or a new book. LOL Not my doctor.

When I told him about the heart PFO/Migraine connection, he ordered a bubble contrast study (I have one by the way.) Every prophylactic medication I've heard about he's let me try. I went to see him yesterday and he ordered tests to get me started on a new natural hormone therapy. He told me that after I gave him the book on thyroid disease, he's put a bunch of his patients on Armour thyroid to stunning results. When you find a doctor like that, you keep him.

My newest thing is all the studies coming out on vitamin D and appalling deficiency in our world. Turns out there's a migraine link too! My goal is in sight and I'm going to win this battle. If you have migraines, the first thing I'd tell you to do is take DHEA and fish oil. I've seen some fabulous results since I added that to my daily list of supplements.

Just call me Dr. Colleen. :-)
Colleen Coble  
posted at 11:52 AM  
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At 1:31 PM, Blogger Heather said...

So going to look into this. Went to my neuro today and he upped my daily meds again, as I'm still taking more relpax a month than I'd like to. We have thought about checking into the PFO, but haven't done anything with it.

Thinking I'll try the vitamins.. . and see if the invisalign helps at all.

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You can get in the PFO study, Heather. if you get in, they'll run the tests for free. I'm supposed to hear something on it by next week or so.

You might also check your thyroid. Take your temperature every morning before getting out of bed. If it's less than 97.8 or so, you've likely got a thyroid issue and supplementing with natural thyroid will help the headaches.

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

There's a cure for that Vitamin D deficiency, move to California and get some sun!! Oh see, you're already doing that in Arizona that works too.

My neuro is the same way, she puts up with all my latest whims, although she's not big on NAET, which is what did eventually solve my problems. KB

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Katy said...

I've yet to follow through on the heart connection. We've recently switched docs, and he is VERY open to my input--but then, I wouldn't spend 5 minutes with a doc who wasn't!

I am going to try your other recs, too. Thank you!!

Katy McKenna

At 4:45 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Migraines are hard because there are SO many causes. Most of mine were caused by loose ligaments and solved by prolotherapy. It was a long expensive fix, but a real miracle for me. I still have hormonal migraines occasionally, but that beats having 10 a month.

At 5:43 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Colleen, I hate to even brion gthis up, but my mother suffered from migrainse. Turned out she was allergic to ... gasp ... chocolate. Sigh. It's true. She could only eat white chocolate. Ohh, such horrors. She often said she wondered if the migraines might not be worth a good indulgence.

At 5:55 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

LOL Ane! I've eliminated all allergies with NAET, including the one to chocolate. Believe me, if there's something in the media about migraine, I've tried it. LOL

At 8:46 AM, Blogger Leanna said...

What's NAET and DHEA? Want to send this to my sis who suffers from migraines.


At 10:57 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Okay . . .now going to have to look into the PFO study. I've had these things for 17 years and they've just gotten worse and worse.

I am doing the braces for long-term hope and the aqualizer on the short term. If I catch the migraines early, the aqualizer makes them go away.

Tehehe . . .will have to get a more accurate thermometer before doing the temp thing. . . it always says we're at 97.6-98.0 Go figure!

At 6:53 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Leanna, NAET is an allergy elimination technique that uses acupressure. It works fabulously! I got hives, all kinds of problems from tons of things but not anymore. And DHEA is a natural supplement. It's a precursor sort of hormone that supports your other hormones and the levels start falling after 30. My levels were practically non existent.

Heather, I'll let you know about this new hormone balancing therapy I'm getting ready to try. I'm pretty hopeful about it. Go here to read more:

At 11:40 PM, Blogger Heather said...

Colleen -- tried the link, it said the article was no longer there. Hmmmm . . . .

Any estrogen or progesterone in the hormone balancing therapy? I had blood clots way long time ago, but can't do any of that kind of hormone treatment. Couldn't tell if it was additional hormones or what. Look forward to hearing how it works for you. I'm sure hoping it does. The possibility of decreasing migraines is worth it!


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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