Age at time of surgery: 45
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 cat 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 on my back. I also got off my headache medication.