Frequently when I ask my patients if they have headaches they say, “not really.” When I inquire deeper they say, “Well, yes. But it’s the normal headache everyone has.” I’m saddened to think anyone believes a headache is normal because there is no such thing as a “normal headache.”
I too, when I was young, believed there were normal headaches. I had headaches from as far back as I can remember. I would self-medicate as soon as I recognized what baby aspirin was. Then as I got older, I discovered adult aspirin. During one period of my childhood, I remember taking 8 full strength aspirin at a time, because that was the magic number that would finally disperse my headache. It wasn’t unusual to do that several times a week. I was lucky all that aspirin didn’t eat a hole in my stomach! They progressed into pretty severe migraines at one time and it took many years as an adult, and later as a practitioner, to figure my headaches out. I’m sure glad I don’t have those anymore!
I had a patient once whose headaches rarely stopped. She sought my help after she had had a solid migraine for 21 days. She went to the emergency room 5 or 6 times during that period for pain relief and dehydration as her vomiting was nearly constant and nothing was working. The last day she ever went to the ER, they refused to see her because they said she was just after the drugs. She, in fact, hated the drugs and had resisted taking them for many years before finally succumbing. She still hated meds. She was so dumbfounded by their accusations that she decided to seek alternatives. She had contemplated them before, but fearing it wouldn’t work, she just kept on the merry-go-round of drugs, hoping against hope that they’d find the “magic pill” that stopped it all.
She came in to see us that very day — day 21 of her migraine. When she left, it was gone. Over the next few weeks of treatments, they’d come and go, but immediately they lessened in intensity, duration and frequency. Her life had revolved around her migraines. Her in-laws had moved across the street so they could “rescue” her with childcare when she couldn’t function. After a month of not seeing their grandkids, the in-laws came to the door. With the headaches gone they had to find new excuses to come over!
Over my years of helping people with headaches, I have enjoyed seeing lives restored. There are many kinds of headaches, many causes of headaches and many solutions. Finding the right combination can free you from even so-called “normal headaches!” Learn more by attending our upcoming health class, Solving the Headache and Migraine Puzzle, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 at Vital Health in Coeur d’Alene. Fee: $10. RSVP: 208-765-1994 or register here: http://bit.ly/HeadacheClass
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Holly Carling is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Naturopathy, Clinical Nutritionist and Master Herbologist with nearly four decades of experience. Carling is a “Health Detective.” She looks beyond your symptom picture and investigates WHY you are experiencing your symptoms in the first place. Carling is currently accepting new patients and offers natural health care services and whole food nutritional supplements in her Coeur d’Alene clinic. Visit Carling’s website at www.vitalhealthcda.com to learn more about Carling, view a list of upcoming health classes and read other informative articles. Carling can be reached at 208-765-1994 and would be happy to answer any questions regarding this topic.