The motivation to search for a Migraine solution.
My focus in the early days was on low back pain. I had suffered a lot of back pain after I broke my back (barefoot water skiing accident when I was 18) and incurred a subsequent lumbar slipped disc. I looked at every technique and research paper I could, to get the best resources and latest information for my patients and for myself. My practices became very good at helping clients with low back issues. Of course, during this time I also saw many patients with headaches and migraines.
Headaches were typically very responsive to therapy but with migraines, it was a different story. Although I certainly had good clinical results with some patients, many migraine sufferers responded little or not at all to therapy.
It was clear that migraine sufferers were simply not just having bad headaches. Migraines are a complicated neurological disease and can be incredibly debilitating. Migraines were causing my patients a lot of misery and they were really missing out on life.
My first-hand experience of migraines occurred early in my career, as my girlfriend at the time suffered from classic migraines. I got a clear picture of what it was like living with migraines. Until you see someone suffer you cannot really understand what wretched condition migraines are, how they can ruin lives, and stop sufferers from enjoying things that most of us take for granted.
Plans for a relaxing night at home would be hijacked all the time. Planned weekends away would be ruined by a migraine attack, planned family catch-ups, canceled. Phone calls to her work had to be made, to say she could not come in that day.
Another thing l observed was the migraine postdrome. Often patients would describe it as a really bad hangover that happened once their migraine pain had subsided. My patients were telling me that they felt off or unwell, like the feeling of being hungover and this could last hours or days, further prolonging the misery of their migraines.
I really felt for my migraine patients, and how much they suffered and was always on the lookout for a better way to help them.