Migraines | Majid Ali MD
—Please Say Yes to Detection and No to Diagnosis
Majid Ali, M.D.
For 35 years, I controlled my migraine attacks with injections of Demerol (an opiate drug) and Vistaril (a drug that controls vomiting). I have cared for over 1,500 patients with severe headaches, many of whom were labeled with migraine by their neurologists. Based on personal experiences and insights, here are the messages of this tutorial if you are a migraine sufferer:
1. Please focus on the detection of what triggers migraine attacks.
2. Please do not focus on the diagnosis made by your doctors.
3. Never accept drugs as the sole long-term solution to migraine.
4. The primary treatment is to detect and address the migraine triggers, which include:
A. Mold allergy and toxicity
C. Sugar-insulin-adrenaline roller coasters
D. Trigger points in the neck and shoulders
E. Environmental exposures (chemicals, toxic metals, etc) and weather changes
I can count on the fingers of my hands the number of my patients who could not conquer their migraine. All of them had developed drug dependence. So, the real tragedy of migraine is long-term drug dependence. It literally hijacks the oxygen-governed pain-relief healing chemistry of the body. So, if you are in the early stages of controlling migraine with incremental doses of drugs, please, please recognize the serious dangers of long-term drug dependence.
You’re Not Alone
Roughly one in nine American adults and children suffer from migraine. Females suffer three times as often as males. According to Migraine Research Foundation, about one in four households are affected in the United States. The World Health Organization ranks it among its top 20 most debilitating health disorders. Notably, nine of ten sufferers are unable to function normally during attacks, which usually last for hours, sometimes for days. I include several quotes from migraine sufferers later in this tutorial to show scales of suffering.
Dr. Ali’s Migraine Fivesome
I present details of my fivesome in related tutorials. Readers can obtain additional information from my 90-minute video seminars.
Shapes and Scales of Suffering
Humans have an estimated 25,000 genes and about 100,000 proteins. It is not surprising that each of us is unique in responses to changes in our internal and external environments. Nor should we be surprised at words used by migraine sufferers to describe the shapes and scales of their suffering. Here are some examples:
“My eyes narrow and my face puffs up. Nothing is the same during my migraine attacks. No, I really cannot put it in words that might mean something to anyone else.”
“Some people have auras, but I never had auras. I get tunnel vision. My tongue starts to get heavy and I have trouble talking.” Of course, tunnel vision is an example of an aura.
After the birth of my son, I suffered migraine “regularly and fiercely” three to four times a day. Even small amounts of alcohol and vigorous physical activity triggered attacks.
“Imagine someone having driven a nail straight through your head,” said Craig Partridge, 50, chief scientist for a high-tech research company in East Lansing, Mich., who began having migraines in his late teens. “And then they periodically tap on it to remind you it’s there. It’s that painful.”
“I was a fairly carefree person, but I became rigid, very disciplined with myself,” she said. “It seemed I had to eliminate things that other people associated with joy. I had to reconstruct my life as a person of migraine after accepting that these were not going to go away.”
“…learned to avoid caffeine and bright lights… vigilant about wearing sunglasses in strong sunlight. Years of taking ibuprofen to treat headaches led to an ulcer. Eventually, he learned that a magnesium supplement reduced the frequency of his headaches, and now he gets only about three a year.”
“…misdiagnosed for over twenty years by more than a few doctors. I’ve had so many incompetent doctors in the US, the 39th country rated in worldwide health care quality, I’ve decided to save money by being treated overseas where prices are reasonable, doctors plentiful and not on the clock.”
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