Thank you so much for taking your time to read my story.
It all took place on August 23rd of 1996. The day I hated for so long. As a teenager I told my mom I wished I had died that day instead suffering those injures (my poor mom!). That day we were just kids playing on a fire escape ladder. I slipped from the top and fell almost 3 floors down to the ground.
Later I was diagnosed with brain concussion, intracranial hypertension and post traumatic brain injury syndrome (PTBIS).
To save some space here I'll make a different post to expain what happened from that point till few years back but in few words - I suffered with really bad migraines ever since the fall.
One day in summer of 2013 I started having a typical migraine attack that NEVER went away yet...
Have you met a person who's been having migraines for 1700 days straight? Now you have.
Urgent care visits, ER visits, COUNTLESS neurologists/neuropathologist/sleep apnea specialists, psychiatrists, prescription drugs, repetative MRI's and catscans, alternative medicine, I've done it all. None of it helped me to get rid of migraines. Some meds like Topomax gave me some relief but I couldn't continue taking it due to serious side effects.
For almost 5 years every single day I wake up with a feeling like a truck went over my head. Every single morning I'm dizzy, nauseous and my head hurts to the extend that I have to keep lying down for at least an hour or two before I can actually get up and start my day. Some days I can't even lift my head from pillow because that's how bad my head would be hurting.
To say daily migraines have affected my personality, friendship, marriage, career is to say nothing at all. It have affected me in every possible way. Suicidal thoughts, mood swings, feeling hopeless, canceling important meetings, missing major events and holidays, missing classes, not being able to exercise, etc.
Many times I was told by doctors that I'm "just depressed" or "it all will go away after menopause". I'm not going to lie, having a feeling of a drill going through your temples 24/7, 365 days a year will surely make you a little depressed, but not the other way around. I knew I had keep fighting and keep searching. I knew there's a problem and I had find a way to fix it! Traditional Western Medicine doens't like to find answers, they only make you addicted to meds for life.
I knew there had to be another way. And I knew there's something wrong in my body causing all these symptoms. How can you tell a person that he or she is just fine after a severe brain concussion?! How could any of the over a dozen neuro specialists I've seen, ignore the fact of my intracranial hypertension? They just kept feeding me with anti-seisure and anti-depressant drugs, changing doses like I was a lab rabbit.
The whole point of the story is that I finally found a place that is focused on FINDING THE ROOT CAUSE AND CORRECTING IT DRUG-FREE. Functional neurology clinic located in Santa Barbara, CA offers a migraine program for people like me. Migraines, dizziness, concussion that's all they focus on. The program can include treatments like brain rehabilitation, nutritional programs, hormonal treatment, customized vestibular rehab, eye movement therapy, neuromuscular rehabilitation, non-invasive peripheral nerve stimulation, high-frequency vibratory therapy, and/or various manual therapies.
I discovered the clinic a couple of months ago and contacted them right away. Dr. Adam Harcourt, owner and lead doctor of the clinic answered all my questions during a phone call. I knew I had to go but I couldn't. It's expensive! One week of the program cost $3,850 ($5,005 - insurance discount). Add airfare, lodging, food plus all the missing days from work for Daniel (my husband and lately the only provider for our household). That totals to 8k for a single week! The reason my husband have to come is I won't be able to drive during the treatment.
8k might not be a lot of money for some people. It is for us. We're both full time students (read student loans). Last summer I was forced to leave my full time job in a dental office due to often migraine attacks. I pursued real estate career in order to have a better flexibility but as a newly licensed agent I haven't made much income yet (read $700 so far and $2500 in expenses plus all those months of no income). Those number might mean nothing to you but I want to be honest about why I am sharing my story here and asking for help. Financially we can't afford such a trip but I must go. I know (I hope, I pray) Dr. Harcourt and his team will be able to get my life back on track.
There are no words to describe how thrilled I am for that day to come when I wake up migraine free!
Friends, I need YOUR HELP!
I'm asking for a part of the total amount only to easy up our financial burden as we're truly struggling right now (for the most part because I couldn't keep up with my stable job).
Please pray for my succesful treatment, share the message and finances if you can! I will be FOREVER thankful!
Thank you so much for reading and for taking a part on my journey to healing! Be blessed!
Below is the link to the clinic' website. Check out their patients testomonies of the migraine program on their Instagram and Yelp page.
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