Neurosciences – Headaches

Neurosciences – Headaches


ANNOUNCER: This
portion of UW/360 is presented by UW Medicine
Neurosciences Institute. NARRATOR: 15 To 30 million
people in the United States suffer from chronic headaches. MICHAEL SIMONSON: I can
remember having migraines since I was about 15 years old. NARRATOR: People with chronic
headaches have more than 15 every month. MICHAEL SIMONSON: I was
experiencing migraine headaches nearly every day. NARRATOR: The headaches were
painful and debilitating. MICHAEL SIMONSON: If I were to
put them on a scale of 1 to 10, the daily headaches
were probably maybe a 6, and then sometimes they
would get up to an 8 or a 9. NARRATOR: Michael
Simonson says he was unable to work more than
one day a week, when he sought treatment at UW Medicine
Neurosciences Institute’s headache clinic. NATALIA MURINOVA: So you’ve
started using the [INAUDIBLE]. NARRATOR: Dr. Natalia
Murinova is its director. NATALIA MURINOVA: We’re
seeing incredible epidemic of young people. And most of the
headaches affect women in their productive years,
starting being 14 or 15. But we’re seeing number
of young men, as well. NARRATOR: Dr. Murinova and nurse
practitioner Melissa Schorn team up to provide shared visits
at the UW Medicine Roosevelt Clinic. MICHAEL SIMONSON: Maybe there is
a certain vitamin or something that I’m missing. NARRATOR: It’s an innovative
way for several patients to receive care
at the same time. MELISSA SCHORN: It’s
nice for patients to be able to share
their own story and what’s worked for them or
what’s not worked for them. And it’s a shared
experience for our patients. NARRATOR: They learn about
what causes headaches. MICHAEL SIMONSON: Yeah,
there’s some medical founding for that advice. NARRATOR: It turns out
that Michael’s were caused by overuse of
over-the-counter headache medicine. NATALIA MURINOVA: This
actually turns out that over-the-counter
medication, if you have more than four
headache days per month, is your worst option,
because that actually leads to more headaches. So actually one of the
first things that we start, after establishing
your diagnosis, is figuring out alternatives
to the over-the-counter medications that you
have been taking. NARRATOR: Michael has given
up the over-the-counter medication. Instead, Dr. Murinova
has prescribed preventative medication
and has suggested non-medication options. NATALIA MURINOVA: He’s
more than 99% improved. How he achieved that
was a combination of daily preventive medication,
along with changes in diet. We have a nutrition
shared visit, along with daily exercise,
along with using melatonin for his sleep. But if they’re
willing to work hard, and our patients are
willing to work hard, they achieve enormous success. And we’re very proud of them. MICHAEL SIMONSON:
My advice to people that are experiencing
migraines is to seek treatment far earlier than I did. I suffered through migraines
for more than half of my life, and needlessly. NATALIA MURINOVA: What
I like about my work is getting people
not only out of pain, but back to their lives. MICHAEL SIMONSON: Because I’ve
had such a positive outcome, I want to share that
with other people. I want to let them
know it’s possible.

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