“Apex Headache Clinic gave me my life back.”

28-year-old Jenna McHugh from Ballymena was suffering with headaches which affected every aspect of her daily life. When she couldn’t get any relief from her pain, she decided to make an appointment at Apex Headache Clinic, in the hope of getting to the source of the problem. Here, she shares how the clinic’s unique regime of specialist manual physiotherapy treatment for migraines and headaches, called The Nelson Headache Approach™, treated her headaches, meaning that she could finally start to enjoy life again.

Jenna, when did your headaches begin?

In December 2021 I had my little girl and then 2 weeks later I took Covid. A few weeks after that, I started taking severe headaches and I was floored with them. The pain would start in my shoulders and neck and then travel up the left side of my head. I had pain in the whole left side of my head and face including my eye and into my jaw. The pain was so severe, I even had numbness in the left side of my face and pain in my left arm. When this happened, I thought I was having a stroke. I had been to my GP and I had tests and scans which were all clear. I also went privately for a brain MRI scan to rule out anything more sinister and was referred to a Consultant Neurologist.

How did the pain affect your life?

The pain took away my quality of life. As a new mum I was devasted and had to spend time in bed when a headache attack would hit. I would have to lie down until the headache eased and I couldn’t do anything. I had constant pain everyday and then suffered around 4 severe headache episodes per week. If I was out with friends or family and I took a headache I would just have to go home because along with the pain, I got dizziness which was unbearable.

What led you to Apex Headache Clinic?

My headaches just kept getting worse and worse. I tried different medications and painkillers but they didn’t help my pain and I felt like I might as while take sweets. At that point I came across a post on Facebook about Apex Headache Clinic and how they had helped someone who sounded just like me. I then made an appointment for an Initial Assessment in September 2022.

How has your life changed since having treatment?

I don’t have to worry about my headaches anymore. As I progressed with my course of treatment with my specialist physiotherapist the pain got less and I now have whole days where I have no pain at all which is amazing. I am headache free 80% of the time which is such a difference to when I first started physiotherapy treatment at Apex Headache Clinic and my quality of life has been fully restored.

What advice would you offer someone suffering from headaches?

I would definitely say go to Apex Headache Clinic sooner than what I did. I am so glad that I gave it a go because it has given me my life back!

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