Don’t Let Headaches Keep Your From A Quality Life

How often do you feel like this woman in the picture?

I can certainly relate to that picture as I have had headaches all of my life.

Sometimes I’ve had bad migraines up to a couple of times a week, other times I’ve had daily headaches which were not nearly as debilitating as a migraine, but certainly uncomfortable. Currently I’m down to a nuisance headache once a week and a migraine once a month. For those of you without headaches, you may think that is too much, but I think it’s wonderful!

During the fall, I was in one of my daily headache phases. It was suggested that I go see Dr. Coker so he could use me as a guinea pig for a new headache treatment he was learning called DTR. I went just to humor him as I knew this would be one more treatment that didn’t work.

During my dental visits, EMG electrodes were placed around my face to measure the tension in my facial muscles. Then a computerized handle was placed in my mouth and I was instructed how to bite down on it and then how to move my teeth from side to side. The places where my teeth touched during this procedure registered on the big computer screen in front of me.

Dr. Coker read the findings of my muscle activity and how my teeth came together and then proceeded to adjust my teeth in tiny increments by “buffing” small spots on my teeth that showed up on the computer screen.

These measurements and the finely choreographed bite adjustments were repeated at three different dental visits spaced a few weeks apart.

By January, after my three appointments, I noticed I was no longer waking up with a headache every morning. Since going to the neurologist as a young adult, I’ve kept track of my headaches to see if any treatments worked. Of course, the “migraine” drugs worked, but there are serious side effects if you take them too often, and I noticed they often caused “rebound” headaches which meant another day of being miserable.

Looking at my headache record for the past three months, I’m amazed that I’m down to the level of headache activity mentioned above. This is one treatment that seems to be working… “knock on wood”….

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