“Treatment at Apex Headache Clinic is the only thing that has given me relief from my 25 years of migraines”

44-year-old book-keeper Paula Fearon from Newry, suffered with migraines for over 25 years which affected every aspect of her daily life. After trying everything, with no relief she visited 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 migraines, meaning that she could finally start to enjoy life again.

Paula, when did your migraines begin?

My migraines began in my late teens. I was in a car accident when I was around 16 years old and then it wasn’t long after that when I started getting headaches around 3 times a week. I went to see different doctors about my headaches, they diagnosed me with migraines and prescribed me with preventative medication. I have had migraines since then and over time, especially in the last few years they began to get worse. I was having migraines around 5 times a week. The pain relief that the doctor had prescribed began to stop working and I had to start increasing the dose to get any relief. I didn’t want to be constantly taking medication and that was when I went to see a neurologist privately to try get some help with my migraines.

How did the pain affect your life?

I was constantly thinking about medication and worried if I didn’t have tablets with me in case I would take a migraine when I was out. I thought people were fed up listening to me talking about headaches and I just felt sick all the time.

What led you to Apex Headache Clinic?

When I went to see the neurologist, he said we had two options; more preventative medication or try specialist physiotherapy treatment at Apex Headache Clinic. I didn’t want to take any more medication and I had read about Apex Headache Clinic on Facebook. The neurologist told me he had referred a lot of patients to Apex Headache Clinic, and they got great relief. That was when I thought I would give Apex Headache Clinic a go.

How has your life changed since having treatment?

It’s fantastic now. I can now make plans without thinking about having pain relief with me. I don’t feel sick anymore with the migraines and I’m not taking medication constantly everyday.

What advice would you offer someone suffering from migraines?

I would definitely advise them to give Apex Headache Clinic a go. Stick with the treatment at the beginning, I was seeing my specialist physiotherapist once a week for the first 6 weeks until my migraines had improved and then we were able to space the sessions out. I now attend Apex Headache Clinic once a month for maintenance treatment. I have tried everything from physio elsewhere, to acupuncture and yoga, and treatment at Apex Headache Clinic is the only thing that has given me relief from my 25 years of migraines.

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