Testimonials

Alexas A.

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Name: Alexas “LuLu” A.
Age: 17
Location: Texas
Diagnosis: Permanent Migraine due to Traumatic Brain Injury
Procedure Date(s): April 16, 2013
Type of Procedure(s): Omega
Pre-surgery Life Style / Condition: Constant pain. Six pills a day. Struggling to keep up in school, never going anywhere with friends. Crying due to pain and frustration. My grades fell. I couldn’t concentrate and because of meds I had very little short-term memory. Pain stayed at a level 7–8 all day, every day.
Post-surgery Outcome: My medication has dropped to two pills a day, therefore my memory has gotten much better. I’m hanging out with my friends more, cheerleading again, and dance classes. Now I can control my pain with a remote.

Information I wish had been on your blog was the extent of the surgery and stitches. Dr. Farley did explain this before I went to the OR, but I’d like to tell my version. The first three days I didn’t think it was worth it, and I wanted the implant out. But then I started feeling better and she was right. By the second week I asked Dr. Farley to lift my restrictions and started dancing again. Week three I was cheering with my varsity squad again, and by week four I was stunting and flying again.

And now I’m enjoying my summer—swimming, movies, Six Flags, and sleepovers with my best friends. And my headache is so much better. I’m glad I had this done and I thank Dr. Farley for helping me.


Theresa C.

Theresa with her patient coordinator
Theresa with her patient coordinator

Age at time of surgery: 45
Gender: Female
Occupation: Care taker for my mom
Diagnosis: Chronic Migraine
Type of Procedure(s): Omega Implant
I first heard about Migraine Treatment Centers of America (MTCA) from: Internet
I chose MTCA because: I had exhausted all my medical treatment options that I knew of. I had seen a pain management doctor then saw a neurologist.

Prior to coming to MTCA my pain was: At times unbearable. About a year and a half ago I had severe migraines. I tried Imitrex and it didn’t faze it. The migraine never went away. I ended up being bed bound with it. I would lay in a fetal position and moan and rocked myself. I would can’t nap but never slept very long before the pain would wake me up. I was throwing up and having problems with diarrhea. That started the tests, ER trips, and doctor visits. I did about 10 ER trips, they took blood and would do tests. They always came back and said they didn’t know what was wrong and didn’t know what to do. Then I went to a Pain Management doctor who ordered an MRI. He said he saw spots on my brain and said it could be MS. He then sent me to a Neurologist who said it wasn’t MS but a Status Migraine. It is one of the most severe migraines. They are so rare that a Neurologist will only see 1 or 2 people in their whole carrier with one. He then sent me back to the Pain Management Doctor for injections in the back of my head. When that didn’t work he sent me back to the Neurologist. He tried several different meds and nothing helped. He was at a loss and didn’t know what else to do. Then in March of 2012 I had my knee scraped. When I came out of the surgery and woke up I didn’t have the migraine anymore. I thought it was gone and I was good to go. Then the headaches came back. I started having to watch every move I made. A lot of things started causing migraines. If I sat wrong, turned my head wrong, it would cause a migraine. I couldn’t lay on the back of my head when I slept at night. If I did, within about 30 minutes it would feel like someone hit me upside the head with a 2×4. Then in July of 2013 I started having to have ice packs on the back of my head. I had an ice pack on my head almost all day, and I slept with one on my head at night. I had 3 ice packs in the freezer and I would just keep rotating them out. One would last about 6 hours before completely thawing out. So I always had an ice pack to use.

During my visit(s) to MTCA, my experience was: Hopeful. I had the trial implant put in and for the first time in a very long time I had some relief. I was able to start relaxing.

After my procedure with MTCA, my pain was: Was gone. I was able to sit any way I wanted. For the first time in over a year and a half I could sleep in my back. I also got off my headache medication.


Amy D.

Age: 39
Occupation: Assistant Manager
Diagnosis: Migraines
Procedure Type: The Omega Procedure
Procedure Date: March, 2012

Pre Surgery Condition: I had suffered from increasingly frequent and severe migraines for 12 years.  It was not uncommon for me to have four or migraines per week.  I considered it a ‘good’ day if I was able to work the whole day, make it home, take pain medication and lay on an ice pack all night.  Many days I couldn’t even get out of bed.

Post Surgery Condition: Dr. Weiner has given me my life back!  Before surgery, I was hoping for any improvement at all.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could feel this good again!  No more countless pain medications, no more missing out on family time, no more watching as life passed by!  The pain relief was immediate!  In the beginning, I adjusted the unit frequently until I found the settings that were best for me.  Now, I seldom need to make adjustments.  If I feel the symptoms of an approaching migraine, I make adjustments to the unit in the locations of the pain.  In a short period of time, the pain improves.  Since my surgery, I have experiences a total of 3-4 migraines.  They were less intense and shorter in duration than any of the migraines I experienced before surgery.   I can’t say enough how thankful I am to have learned of the procedure!  Dr. Weiner and his staff are superb!  I would recommend the procedure and Dr. Weiner, without reservation, to anyone suffering similar symptoms to mine.


Cynthia B.

Age: 41
Occupation: Licensure and Regulatory Affairs Manager
Diagnosis: Migraines
Procedure Type: The Omega Procedure
Procedure Date: May 18, 2012

Pre Surgery Condition:  Before my surgery I had migraine headaches for several months at a time on an ongoing basis for eight years.  It was very difficult to work and was on several medications to prevent migraines and abortive therapies.  I tried nerve blocks, Botox injections, acupuncture, and various other treatments – all with very limited to no success.

Post Surgery Condition: It has been amazing.  I have not had one migraine that wasn’t relieved by adjusting the stimulation.  In fact, I’ve had only a handful of migraines that required adjustment to the stimulation.  My professional and personal life has improved dramatically.  I have not had to miss one day of work because of migraines. I’ve also been able to get off of all preventative medications.


Janice C.

Janice C

Age: 69
Occupation: Retired
Diagnosis: Migraines
Procedure Type: The Omega Procedure
Procedure Date: March 9, 2012

Pre Surgery Condition: I have had migraines since early childhood. I saw many emergency rooms due to pain and vomiting. Sometimes during the 1980’s (?) many drugs came onto the market – I was even a migraine study at Baylor for several years. I finally settled on a migraine drug after trying all of them. I took 1 or 2 doses 5-6 days a week. Sometimes I would have to add a pain pill. My neurologist told me I could not continue taking the pain pills as it would cause liver failure. He sent me to see Dr. Skaribas.

Post Surgery Condition: Since my surgery on March 9, 2012, I have only had 2 headaches. One I treated with a drug and the second I increased the stimulation. I was up and driving the second day after surgery. The only incision that was rather painful was the one down the nape of my neck. I would consider this treatment 100% successful.


Sasha K.

SashaK

Age: 23
Hometown: Lubbock, TX
Occupation: Preschool Teacher
Diagnosis: Migraines
Procedure Type: The Omega Procedure
Procedure Date: June 10, 2011
Pre Surgery Condition: Non-existant.  I had to quit my job since I couldn’t function.  No social or family life.  No movie theaters.  My migraines started around age 13.
Post Surgery Condition:  I am able to go back to work and enjoy my life.  I go to movies, play with my niece and nephew.  I enjoy concerts without feeling like I’m hung over just from the pain.


Ressa H.

RessaH

Age: 33
Hometown:
Lubbock, TX
Occupation:
Mom
Diagnosis:
Migraines
Procedure Date:
December 9, 2011
Type of Procedure:
The Omega Procedure

Pre-Surgery Life Style/ Condition:  Before my husband found the article in the newspaper, my life consisted of darkness.  Disappointment for my family from canceled events.  Feeling very alone because no one could really tell me what was wrong.

Post Surgery Outcome:  Now my life is full of play dates with my kids, movies, concerts and just the day to day responsibilities, not being put off for another day.  I feel better than I have in years.


Pat B.

PatB

Age: 73
Hometown:
Lovington, NM
Occupation:
Housewife
Diagnosis:
Migraines
Procedure Date:
December 21, 2011
Type of Procedure:
The Omega Procedure

Pre-Surgery Life Style/ Condition:  I am 73 years old, I have had migraines for 55 years.  When I got my temporary stimulator, I couldn’t believe I didn’t have a migraine.  I am so happy with my stimulator.  After trying every treatment that was out there, I came to Dr. Menard and I now know I will be able to enjoy my family and my life.

Post Surgery Outcome:  It has been two weeks and I haven’t had a migraine.  I wish I had known about this treatment sooner and I will tell everyone I know that has migraines about this.  People don’t need to live in pain when there is treatment for you.


Mary G.

MaryG

Age: 40
Hometown: Houston, TX
Occupation: Insurance Agent
Diagnosis: Migraines
Procedure Type: The Omega Procedure
Procedure Date: December 28, 2011

Pre Surgery Condition: Was not able to work through the weeks and months leading up to December.  Had gone through a tremendous amount of stress with doctors for over 10 years telling me that “It was just in your head” and that there was not a cure or treatment.

Post Surgery Condition: Since the surgery, I have worked, enjoyed life, traveled to San Antonio and Dallas for a number of events.  Enjoying working with my friends and clients.  We are going into our third month since surgery and there is a life after this great surgery.  Live, love, laugh and enjoy!  What a blessing this has been to me, to my family and friends.  Here to support and answer anyone’s questions. – Mary G.


Larry B.

Age: 56
Hometown: Sudan, TX
Occupation: Plant Operations Manager
Diagnosis: Severe Headaches and Neck Pain due to nerve involvement from Ankylosing Spondylitis
Procedure Type: The Omega Procedure
Procedure Date: January 13, 2012

Pre Surgery Condition:  I was in constant pain, lost interest in everything I enjoyed.  I sold our travel trailer, my Harley, stopped socializing, driving was unbearable.  I was getting by on 3 or 4 hours of sleep every night.  I was taking pain medicine every day and night just to get through the workday.  Serious depression had taken over my life.

Post Surgery Condition: I have my life back.  The outcome for me is 100% relief.  I have to admit coming into this procedure I had very little faith in getting the results, my less complete relief from my headaches.  When you are as depressed as I was and been through all the procedures and spent all the money I had with little or no favorable results, it’s pretty hard to take this step.  But thank God I did.  My wife and I have just purchased a new R.V. since driving is no longer an issue.  I have returned to a life of no prescription pain killers and antidepressants.  I still have a life long battle to fight with A.S.( Anklyosing Spondylitis) but I now have a life that’s worth fighting for.