“In May of 2007 I was involved in a car accident that left me with shocking pains in my head that began around November 2007. The Dr, then diagnosed me with shingles. I was then treated with Valtrex I.V for 1 week without relief.
Due to the ineffectiveness of this drug, I was administered several other drugs to try and find relief, with no success. With the head pain becoming worse the Dr decided to send me to a neurologist who then diagnosed me with Trigeminal & Occipital Neuralgia , otherwise know as “Suicide Disease.” The Neurologist prescribed Carbamenzapine thinking this would be effective. I continued with this drug for awhile again, without help. The Neurologist then referred me to the pain clinic. At the pain clinic I saw 2 neurosurgeons who gave me injections in the head, temple and above and below my eye. Again, this proved to be ineffective. I attended the pain clinic for approx 4-6 months. At this point I was told that due to the injections not working, it would not be beneficial for me to continue with this type of treatments.
At this time I went back to my family Dr. who prescribed, over a period of time, many, many, different types of medications to help alleviate the pain. ( Over a period of 4 years I had been prescribed the following medications from several Physicians: Amitriptyline, Hydromorphcontin, Lyrica, Ciprolax, Zopiclone, Voltrex, Tylenol 3, Tramacet, Flexeril, Lamotrigine, Pregabalin, Tegratol, Hortriptyline, Carbamazepam, Medrol, Dilantin, Cymbalta, Cream of Lidocaine & Zovirax to apply to forehead, Injections of Triamcinolone & Marcaine, and IV therapy of Acyclovir & Zovirax)
Being on many of these medications, I was unable to perform my daily duties at work, home, ie. could not drive, do groceries etc. and decided I would have to stop work for awhile.
In Dec of 2011, I decided that in 2012 I would have to find another means of help so that I could cope with daily living. I heard of Reflexology through a family member and decided to give it a try. I started Reflexology treatments Jan 4 2012. At this time I had stopped all prescribed medications with exception to Cymbalta.
I had treatments every 36-48 hours to begin, and then every Monday & Friday. No noticeable changes were felt until after my 6th treatment. At the 8th Reflexology treatment, I was feeling good and had energy which I had not previously had, however, there was still a pressure or heavy feeling in my head.
Since my Reflexologist had been to India to Study Ayurveda, I decided to try an Ayurvedic treatment that is recommended for Neuralgia –Shirodhara- I started these Shirodhara treatments on Feb 7th and by my 3rd treatment, the heaviness/pressure was GONE and my head felt amazing! I could not believe that these natural treatments could make such a difference in my chronic Illness! After my first set of 7 Shirodhara treatments, on the 8th day I had to purge. On the 9th day I felt amazing, therefore realizing that these treatments are helping to give me my life back. Having stated this, I do still have relapses of extreme pain, these episodes do not happen in close succession like they used to and with shirodhara treatments, it makes them much less excrutiating! The duration of the pain also lasts a shorter amount of time, for example, my usual painful episodes would last approximately 2 weeks with medications and while on these medications I could do almost nothing, including remembering some conversations. I choose not to take any medications to lessen the pain so I will know if the Shirodhara treatments are working. While having Shirodhara treatments for the pain, I can still drive to my appointments and perform my daily duties, not have to take medications, and these painful episodes have only lasted approximately 2 days as compared to the 2 weeks!”