Tag: TN

Migraines Are Costly #trigeminalneuralgia #migraines #headaches #sensory defensiveness

I got my first migraine about ten years ago. Before that, I had only had one headache, so I didn’t even know it was a migraine. I’m not sure what brought the first one on, but as the years went by, I kept getting them more frequently and more intensely. Eventually, a physician moved into an apartment I was renting, and brought me very expensive samples of a medication called Maxalt that would get rid of the pain in minutes. When he moved out, I tried getting my personal physician to prescribe the medication. He did with no problem. But the meds were 45 dollars a pill. I asked him to prescribe a generic medication. Those were barely effective and were 23 dollars a pill. Migraines are costly. Most of the time, I would opt to bite the bullet, get in a dark room, put ice and compression on my head and face for a couple of hours, which relieved the simplest headaches. The harsher ones would last for two to three days. I can say without a doubt that, though my life was great in all other ways, the migraines leached much joy and happiness from my life.

Years ago, I used to trade for a lot of services. I put an advertisement on Craigslist to trade voice lessons for yard work. I got a call from a guitarist who wanted to learn to sing better in exchange to cut my grass weekly. We became buddies. I shared with him about my headaches. I told him that hypnosis was helping. He explained that his wife had a disease called TN, which stands for Trigeminal Neuralgia. It is estimated that 1 in 15,000 people in the US suffer from TN. This disease stems from impeding the blood flow to the trigeminal nerve, which covers the face and goes into the neck and top of the head, behind the eyes and into the cheek bones. Sometimes, this nerve can be literally choked by a blood vessel in the face. This kind of TN actually can be cured. But the result is still phantom fear of the exhausting pain of this disease, which, in most cases, goes above and beyond the pain scale of 1-10 for most diagnosed patients.

I thought maybe I was one of those unlucky 15,000 as my migraines were happening at a rate of 3-4 in a week. I went to a neurologist. My diagnosis was simply that I was a migraneur, one who gets migraines frequently. The neurologist’s decided to try treating me with betablockers, which made me feel like I was having a heart attack. After the doctor told me to deal with the symptoms of my heart racing for two weeks, I decided he had no clue that I felt like I was going to crawl right out of my body. I took myself off of the medicine and began to research the problem myself.

Jesus says in the Christian bible “Physician, heal thy self!” I have a feeling that the Christ spoke directly to me. I prayed incessantly for direction and help. What possibly could be causing someone who practices yoga daily, eats perfectly healthy food, and has never been more than 10 lbs. overweight my entire life. What the hell could I be doing that is causing these problems?

I go back to my grass-cutting friend’s wife who had TN. She actually had an operation to relieve the symptoms of her pain, but was left with an issue called Sensory Defensiveness. You can search my blog at www.findingauthenticyou.com for much more information about Sensory Defensiveness, because I’ve covered it many times. I discovered that this is the disease that I had.

I worked at a psychiatric hospital then as a clinical hypnotherapist. During one of the staff meetings, I asked if any of the psychiatrists, psychologists, or therapists knew what this disease was. Not one knew. The owner of the practice told me to speak to a neurologist. I think she thought I was making up the disease to appease my own thoughts about my migraines. Almost every diagnosis in a psychiatric environment tends to be looked as imaginary or stemming from some kind of childhood pain.

After my intense research, I recognized that my neural pathways in my brain were simply firing too quickly. I also realized that any common stimuli was becoming simply too strong for my body. My brain would try to fight off perfumes, which made my stomach sick; the smell of cigarette smoke, which made me lose my voice; bright lights, which gave me a headache; sitting in front of the computer for more than an hour, which made my neck ache. Even simple touch sometimes would be too harsh. I also noticed that when the weather became overcast, I was, also, way more prone to getting a headache. All of these stimuli, if continued, eventually would cause my body to shut down with a migraine. So, the only thing I could do was try to prevent the obvious problems that caused the migraines, not including weather, of course. Added to that, I also noticed that becoming gluten free helped relieve a great deal of my joint pain and took away toxicity from my body, leaving me with a lot less migraine triggers.

Today, I don’t live migraine free, but I have had fewer and fewer migraines every year, do to understanding the simple truth of sensory defensiveness. You can help your problem with headaches, too, by simplifying your life, going gluten free, wearing sunglasses, wearing ankle weights (which disturb the neural pathways triggering headaches), brushing your body with a baby brush when symptoms begin, and rocking your body or your legs when you sit.


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Facing Physical Pain

Two weeks ago I could have said that I am 95% pain free, after almost 10 years fighting crippling hip and back pain. But I raked my yard and have reinjured my lower back. I remember the pain of not being able to easily get out of bed every morning now, as the powerful pain awakens me. Honestly, I have to watch so I don’t slip into depression because of the pain.

Living with chronic pain is an issue that I work with all the time in my hypnosis and life coaching business. Managing pain is fairly easy if you understand the mechanics of pain and how it functions in your body. If, for instance, you strained a muscle in your back, as I did, then a message gets sent to your brain to protect that muscle. So, the muscles literally harden around the injury and causes loss of movement and challenges as you try to move in particular directions. For me, bending forward is very challenging.

So, the pain is supposed to act as a reminder to me to protect the injured muscle. Managing this particular pain should be easy, if I didn’t have to move in particular directions or teach yoga, which isn’t the case. The fascinating issue with chronic pain, such as arthritic pain, TN, or fibromyalgia is that resting doesn’t seem to help. In fact, moving seems to keep the pain at a minimum.

Many books have been written about pain, but one that is my favorite is “Too Loud, too Bright, too Fast, too Tight,” written by Sharon Heller. This book defines an issue called Sensory Defensiveness that seems to follow those who have chronic pain. Our senses get flooded very easily, because our neural pathways are already working overtime, sending pain signals to and from the brain almost constantly.

One way of helping the issue is to confuse the brain and the neural pathways by stimulating nerve centers. You can do this by brushing the inside of your palm with a soft, baby brush. You can wear ankle weights or put on a weighted vest. Some people with chronic pain and sensory defensive issues might even use a weighted pillow on their lap to keep the pain centers confused while sitting.

All of these Occupational Therapy tricks are perfect for pain issues, but you may also need an anti-inflammatory as well. Most people prefer nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, because of the bad side effects of steroids. I would have to agree with that. My pain relief daily has been for a long time a noncodiene-based pain medication called Tramadol. It is very effective for chronic pain.


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