Urvi W. – Migraines

When Urvi came to me, she had been suffering from migraines for almost a decade, as well as neck pain from the base of her neck up.  She had gone to a doctor and a neurologist, and they both told her the same thing: her headaches were caused by some behavior of her own.  She was made to keep a food journal, cut out chocolate and wine, and always take special note of what she had eaten on the days she got a migraine.  She was also told that she was under a lot of stress and should find ways to relieve stress in her life.  She already did yoga and the other activities the doctors suggested, and felt that they offered her no real way to change the condition of her headaches.

To manage her migraines she was prescribed medications like Naproxen, which she would take after feeling the onset of a migraine.  She would get them about once a month or once every other month, but she never liked taking the pills.  She always had the feeling that there was something more she could be doing on her own to help alleviate and avoid the pain, but she just felt that the specialists she had seen simply did not have the ability to teach her.

The doctor and neurologist had one thing right: the issue was indeed stress.  The reason they couldn’t help her is that they did not actually understand the definition of stress in the case of Urji’s migraines.  Stress is not some occurrence that happens to a person.  Stress is not a busy work schedule or being a parent of a young child or moving house.  She was already managing the intensity of these types of things very well by doing things like going to yoga.  But the type of stress that causes the pain in the body is nothing more than a problem of opposites.  When the parts of the body do not share the effort of the intensity placed on a body, pain is the result.

When I worked with her, I discovered that she also had terrible neck pain.  I helped her distribute this intensity by working on her neck and helping her release tension in places like her ears and even the roof of her mouth.  She first came to see me weekly and then every other week, and then felt that the stress which had accumulated in her neck and skull had been relieved.  I also taught her stretches to do on her own, which she reported helped her tremendously.  Her migraines are now extremely rare, and she does not have to rely on the medication to relieve her pain.  Before, the only tool she had in her kit to combat the pain of a migraine was a bottle of pills.  Now she feels like she has many tools to use, and like she found the answers of how to take care of herself rather than relying on an outside source.  There are still times when she has to take medication to ease the pain, but she feels like she is in much more control of the experience of having a migraine.

She says that this has completely changed the way she views the body.  Whenever she hears of someone having any kind of chronic pain in the body, she knows that it is simply because the body isn’t sharing.  Her first instinct is always to tell them that there is indeed something they can do, and that they don’t have to be reliant on doctor’s and pills.  Their body can share all on its own.