“Apex Headache Clinic cleared my constant migraines”
29-year-old Natasha Brown from Bangor, suffered with constant migraines which affected every aspect of her daily life. After thinking migraines and headaches were something she would have to live with, she visited Apex Headache Clinic in the hope that she could get even a little relief. Here, she shares how the clinic’s unique regime of specialist manual physiotherapy treatment for migraines and headaches, called The Nelson Headache Approach™, cleared her migraines, meaning that she could finally get her life back on track.
Natasha, when did your migraines begin?
I had suffered with migraines for years and I had learnt to live with them. I would have had one migraine per week and I would have just gone to bed early and after sleeping, I would have been fine. In November last year my migraines began to get worse and I had to go to my GP and they gave me medication to try to help them. Just after Christmas last year I started to take severe migraines to the point where I took them for 60 days in a row, without a break. During this time I was put on more medication and was sent to hospital to investigate what was causing this. Between December 2019 and March 2020 I had only had 6 or 8 days migraine free and I was in an awful way.
How did the pain affect your life?
I couldn’t do anything. At the beginning of this year when working in the office I was having to come home early nearly every day. I couldn’t sit or work in the office due to my migraines being so severe. I was very lucky that my boss allowed me to work from home but I was still suffering with migraines and my GP recommended taking time off work. I took a full month off work and the headaches and migraines were no better, even taking the medication that the doctor had given me. During this time I couldn’t leave the house as the pain was agonising.
What led you to Apex Headache Clinic?
My mum had read an article in the Ulster Tatler and she sent it to me. The article was about a teenage girl who had migraines and headaches while at school and during her exams and how Apex Headache Clinic had helped her. I thought I would give it a go as at that stage I was willing to try anything. In March 2020 I made an appointment at Apex Headache Clinic and within a couple of weeks I started to feel that my headaches were easing off and I was only having a migraine on 4 days per week rather than on 6 or 7.
How has your life changed since having treatment?
It is like day and night. I am now headache and migraine free for 90% of the time. I don’t worry about getting a headache or migraine now. I don’t have to worry about going to bed with a migraine knowing I would wake up with a migraine. I am back at the gym and exercising and I don’t have problems at work anymore. Having a headache or migraine used to be my number one worry but now it is the least of my worries. I only have to attend the clinic once every 4 weeks now for maintenance treatment with my specialist physiotherapist.
What advice would you offer someone suffering from migraines?
I would say do not prolong it. If you can, make an appointment at Apex Headache Clinic. I have recommended Apex to friends who suffer from migraines and they have seen how it has changed my life. If anyone suffers from headaches or migraines I would say, go to Apex Headache Clinic. You will not regret it.
To book an appointment at Apex Headache Clinic, call 028 9048 4153. No GP referral is necessary.