“Botox. Nerve blocks. Acupuncture. You name it, I tried it. I threw the whole kitchen sink at it.”
This is how Brenda Ginste of Houston described the 13 years she spent suffering with chronic migraines. At Migraine Treatment Centers of America, this is a story we hear over and over. By the time patients seek us out–or are informed of us by their neurologists, friends, or families–they have typically tried everything Brenda described and a whole lot more.
In fact, many patients come to us for the same reason Brenda did – too much pain medication caused a bleeding ulcer in her stomach. Note to non-migraine sufferers: if you ever think migraines are “just in your head,” consider the bleeding ulcer or liver problems many migraineurs experience.
When a Pizza Isn’t Just a Pizza
Just this week, TV station ABC-13 in Houston aired a segment on Brenda, her doctor – Dr. Jack Chapman, and the procedure that finally conquered her migraine pain. You’ve got to watch it. It’s only 3 minutes long and it’s embedded below.
As readers of this blog know, the procedure they are discussing is the Omega Procedure, a surgical procedure that implants tiny leads into the head to scramble the pain a migraine causes.
Because the procedure is surgical, more conservative methods should be tried first, but as so many of you know, conservative methods just don’t work for everyone. That’s why our partner physicians have successfully treated well over 8,000 migraine sufferers. We are so delighted to add Brenda to this list.
We also found it particularly delightful to hear Brenda describe relishing a post-op, deep dish pizza, known to migraine sufferers as a veritable hotbed of triggers – cheese, meat, odors, heat, etc. Please enjoy the video and if you or someone you know is suffering from chronic migraine, has a diagnosis from a neurologist, and has failed more conservative treatment methods, please fill out the form on this page or call us at 877.761.6526.