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I suffer from severe headaches. I have them
almost everyday. They start as sinus headaches
and later turn into migraine headaches. I'm
miserably sick and my doctors can't figure out
how to help me other than prescribing pills. I'm
tired of having this pain all the time. HELP!
What can I do? Thank you.
I always suggest people get at least two or
three different opinions (from doctors in
different offices) on chronic ailments such as
this. Also consider seeking out alternative
practitioners in acupuncture or homeopathy. Be
sure to pre-interview them and check them out
thoroughly, just as you would/should any M.D.
are many possible variables that can cause
patterns of pain such as migraines. Allergies
and chronic stress are two such variables and
are not exactly "black and white"
issues. They involve both the mind and body,
which we now know dance an inseparable dance.
Also, the "habit" of pain sometimes
gets established, leaving the original cause of
the pain in the dust. The point is, this is
going to take some introspection and effort on
your part. Whichever professional you choose,
consider yourself as an equal partner in your
"healing team" and be committed to
doing your own work with it on a daily basis.
goal is to break the pain cycle, another is to
develop skills to "be with" the pain
with less suffering. On my audio
Pain" I describe many techniques. One is to
be aware of the very inception of pain, in your
case, just when you are starting to feel the
sinus discomfort. The usual reaction (especially
the longer you've had the pain) is to fight it,
which only keeps the cycle alive. Instead of
resisting the pain, practice letting it be
there. Quit fighting it. Surrender into it. Let
all the muscles and thoughts relax. Be willing
to be with the sensations of pain in a peaceful
way--and they will eventually break up and, with
it, the fear-induced "habit" of pain.