Apex Headache Clinic cleared my three-year migraine

For 37-year-old ICT specialist, Vicki Neill from Ballywalter, battling constant migraines for three years was ruining the quality of her life. She came to Apex Headache Clinic desperately seeking a cure. Here, she shares how the clinic’s unique regime of specialist physiotherapy treatment, called The Nelson Headache Approach, cleared her migraines, allowing her to get her life back on track.

Vicki, when did your migraines begin?

I can remember first experiencing migraines 15 years ago. At the time, they came and went without me doing anything about it. I suffered with headaches over the years but it was after the birth of my daughter three years ago, that they came back with a vengeance. Suddenly, they became so severe, and I would get a migraine about three times a week.

I was taking pain killers but these were not really working. My GP put me on beta blockers, which did help with the pain, but they had awful side effects. These kept me awake at night with awful dreams so I was tired all the time. After a year, I came off them but the migraines returned and so I knew I had to try something else.

How did the pain affect your life?

It was terrible. I have two young children and I found myself just struggling to get through the day. I was constantly waiting on my husband to return home from work so I could go to bed. I was always tired because I wasn’t sleeping, which in turn meant that I was grumpy and snappy with my husband and kids all of the time.

What led you to Apex Headache Clinic?

I saw an interview with a patient on the clinic’s Facebook page. She described her migraines and they sounded similar to mine. I thought that if it worked for her and so many others, it could do the same for me.

At my first appointment, after my consultation and assessment, Nicola diagnosed my headaches as stemming from my neck. As soon as she said it, I felt like it made sense. At the time, I was doing a lot of upper body work at the gym, combined with bending down to pick up the kids, so I knew that I was placing excessive strain on my neck.

After each appointment, I began to notice a reduction in the frequency of my migraines. I also listened to Nicola’s advice to try and stop loading my neck. This, coupled with her treatment has led to a massive improvement. I also bought the Apex Sleepwell Pillow, which I firmly believe is also playing a role in keeping my migraines away.

I am pleased to say that I have been migraine-free for months now.

How has Apex Headache Clinic changed your life?

It has massively changed it. I’m happier, healthier and pain-free. I can now fully enjoy time with my kids, rather than willing my husband to come home to help me. Not having to rely on medication is a wonderful feeling and I no longer have to worry about how a migraine will affect my mood.

Finally, what advice would you offer someone suffering from headaches?

Absolutely go to Apex Headache Clinic. If headaches or migraines are affecting your life and nothing is working, it’s time to look for an alternative. You can have all the money in the world but at the end of the day, your health is your wealth.

To book an appointment at Apex Headache Clinic, call 028 9048 4153. No GP referral is necessary.