Posted by Charlie S (188.8.131.52) on November 02, 2000 at 00:29:59:
My neurologist explained that we all have a slight ability to alter our circulation. When we do this, we have a chance of relieving the pressure on the vessel in our head that causes our pain. I was told to "think" of focing blood-flow from behind my eye, down my neck, and into my arms and hands. When properly done, your hands will feel warmer with blood drawn or kept away from the head.
This takes some concentration and you'll have to work through the pain but the payoff is well worth the effort. I often shortened the attacks from about 40 minutes to no more than 15 or 20 with this technique. Sometimes, when awake, I could entirely abort the attack BUT one has to work through the episode and not let up in order for this to work. It can be exhausting but when these hit, what else is there to do?
This is NOT a form of TM or anything psychic. Dr. Wright said to think of it as "filling your hands" with redirected blood. Anything you do to retard circulation to the noggin is the idea behind this little trick. It isn't necessary to sit completely still but it IS necessary not to let up when using this technique. Even when awakened with a screamer, try it anyway as there is always the chance of a shorter attack and often with less pain. I found that keeping at it for four or five minutes longer than you may feel necessary is a good idea as you'll want to insure the attack has subsided.
This is far from perfect and it takes a lot of work but it takes no special training as what I'm writing here is all I learned in five minutes in the office. It's not a cure but it's harmless, the price is right, and it's a tool with which to fight back! Give it a try and I wish you the best of luck.- -Charlie S
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