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Help for Migraines

30 Jan

My 37 year old daughter has suffered from terrible migraine headaches for most of her adult life, at least once or twice a month. She’s been conked out on medication more times than I’d like to count. The pain of these headaches is so strong that she misses a lot of work. All she can do is stay in bed and lie very still with the shades drawn and no noise. It’s heartbreaking to watch her in so much pain. She is my only child and the mother of my only 2 grandchildren.

I help with the housework and keeping the kids when the headaches come on her (her husband is pretty useless, but that’s a whole different topic for another day). Mostly it’s a waiting game. All we could do was wait for them to go away.

About 2 months ago a nurse friend who works at the hospital with me told me about guided imagery and suggested I get one for my daughter. She said that if she listened regularly and taught herself how to relax with them, it could improve her condition. She wasn’t sure, because she mostly used them with cancer patients, but she said she was under the impression that it could maybe help with headaches too.

Well, I’m almost afraid to say this for fear it will change, but it’s like night and day. My daughter listens to the guided imagery tape every night just before bed. It’s been 13 weeks and so far no migraines!! Something is working. This is too good to be true. And it’s an easy simple thing for her to just listen. (Also, she cant hear her stupid husband running his mouth when she’s got the headset on her ears!).

I wanted to express a mother’s gratitude. I don’t expect she’ll never get another migraine again, that’s not realistic, but even if they can be cut down, or less pain when they come or shorter, that’s plenty!

Greta in Chicago

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award