Migraine

Migraine


NOW, KSBW ACTION NEWS 8 CONTINUES. ERIN: ON THE HEALTHWATCH TONIGHT, RELIEF FROM MIGRAINES. SALINAS VALLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL HAS BROUGHT IN A NEW NEUROLOGIST TO BUILD A COMPREHENSIVE HEADACHE TREATMENT PROGRAM, INCLUDING AN INTENSIVE IN-PATIENT INFUSION PROGRAM. SVMH IS ONE OF ONLY A HANDFUL OF HOSPITALS IN THE COUNTRY TO OFFER THIS TREATMENT. I THOUGHT ABOUT SUICIDE OFTEN, BECAUSE THE MIGRAINES WERE SO BAD, BUT MY THREE DAUGHTERS WERE THE ONLY THING THAT STOPPED ME. ERIN: DIANNA DEAN’S MIGRAINES WERE EXCRUCIATING. SEVERE PAIN EVERY DAY, 24 HOURS A DAY. AN INTENSE SENSITIVITY TO LIGHT AND NOISE. SHE COULDN’T PLAY WITH HER CHILDREN, AND SHE BARELY HELD ON TO HER JOB. IT’S TAKEN OVER MY LIFE. PRETTY MUCH, I DIDN’T HAVE A LIFE BECAUSE OF THE MIGRAINES. ERIN: AND NOTHING HELPED. DIANNA LOST HOPE, UNTIL SHE LEARNED ABOUT THE NEW TREATMENT OPTION AT THE SALINAS VALLEY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, IN-PATIENT INFUSION THERAPY. THE INFUSION HAPPENS HERE AT THE HOSPITAL. THE PATIENT IS ADMITTED FOR FIVE DAYS, WITH INTENSE TREATMENTS HAPPENING THREE TIMES A DAY. IT ALLOWS DOCTORS AND PATIENTS TO CLEAR THE SLATE, AND RE-SET THE TREATMENT BUTTON. THE PURPOSE IS TO RE-SET THE PAIN CENTER. A LOT OF PATIENTS TO THINGS LIKE OVERUSE MEDICATION THAT CAUSE THEM TO HAVE DAILY HEADACHES, WHERE HEADACHES USED TO BE JUST A FEW TIMES A MONTH, AND CONTROLLED BY AD BILL. THEY ARE WEANED OFF ALL MEDICATION, THEY TYPICALLY GO BACK TO EPISODIC BASELINE. WHERE YOU WERE AT YOUR BEST WITH YOUR MIGRAINES. ERIN: DR. PATRICIA SCRIPKO IS A HARVARD TRAINED NEUROLOGIST SPECIALIZING IN THE TREATMENT OF HEADACHES. AS A MIGRAINE SUFFERER HERSELF, SHE KNOWS PEOPLE NEED HELP, AND SHE IS THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THIS COMPREHENSIVE HEADACHE TREATMENT PROGRAM. I WENT FROM EPISODIC MIGRAINES TO A CHRONIC HEADACHE ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. WORKING IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER SCREEN WAS VERY DIFFICULT. ERIN: UNLIKE DIANNA, CARLA’S HEADACHES WERE NOT SEVERE ENOUGH TO PUT HER IN THE HOSPITAL BUT THEY WERE GETTIGN WORSE AND MORE FREQUENT, SO SHE TURNED TO DR. SCRIPKO FOR AN INDIVIDUALIZED APPROACH, A TREATMENT PROGRAM THAT CARLA CALLS HER TOOL BOX, . THINGS THAT DIDN’T WORK BEFORE, IN COMBINATION WITH HER TREATMENT, NOW WORK. ERIN: CARLA IS NOW MANAGING HER HEADACHES AND SAYS SHE IS ABOUT 75% HEADACHE FREE. DIANNA WILL FINISH HER INFUSION PROGRAM TOMORROW, BUT ALREADY SHE IS FEELING BETTER I AM READY TO HAVE MY LIFE BACK. I’M READY TO DO STUFF WITH MY CHILDREN. ERIN: THERE ARE A NUMBER OF TREATMENTS FOR MIGRAINES. USUALLY IT’S A COMBINATION THAT WORKS FOR MOST PATIENTS. DR, SCRIPKO SAYS THE CHALLENGE IS FINDING OUT WHICH ONES WORK FOR WHICH PEOPLE, AND THAT IS WHY SHE FAVORS AN INDIVIDUALIZED APPROACH. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON

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