Posted by Charlie (18.104.22.168) on February 02, 2002 at 19:54:16:
In Reply to: exercise works for me everytime...anyone else? posted by mike on February 02, 2002 at 18:11:36:
aspect of CH. My regular post about this is from my experiences of trying to keep circulation, to some slight degree, away from my head. Dr. Wright's little trick is that anything that will divert a little blood to the extremities will likely help reduce the pressure in these vessels whick indirectly cause our pain. It takes some doing but it works well for me and others:
Dr. Wright's Circulatory Feedback
This is not transcendental meditation, imagery, relaxation, or anything psychic. It's entirely physical and takes a lot of work and concentration. Give this method a good workout. Itís not a miracle, but itís been very helpful to many.
When I was diagnosed, my neurologist said to treat this as a vascular problem. I was told to concentrate on ďredirectingĒ blood circulation in order to retard flow to the head. This is done by trying to ďsendĒ blood into the arms and hands or other extremities. When properly done, your hands will become warm and redder with increased circulation. I also found it easier to concentrate on one hand.
This relieves just slightly, the pressure on the affected vessel, which indirectly causes our pain. We all have this ability but it can be exhausting. I was often able shorten my attacks from about half an hour to no more than a few minutes. Sometimes, when awake, I could entirely abort the attack IF I KEPT AT IT. I would suffer only minor discomfort instead of excruciating pain. Do not stop just because your hands are warm or redder. Keep this up until you are sure it's subsided. If you let up or lose concentration, itís very hard to restart this process. It may take some time for this to take hold but when this works, the relief is almost immediate.
I learned this from the doctor in a few minutes. He simply told me to concentrate on keeping blood away from the head. He thought the easiest is the arms and hands but any place that works for you is fine. He said to think of it as "filling your hands" with redirected blood. Itís important to keep at it THROUGH the pain. This will be difficult, but itís the only way this technique will work. I like to keep at it a few minutes longer than seems necessary to insure success.
This will not always work, but I think it will always have at least some effect on the severity and duration of the attacks. It can be useful between medications or while waiting for some other drug to take effect. All it takes is a little practice. It was fairly easy to learn and what I'm writing here is more than I got from the doctor, as I've drawn from my own experience.
When awakened in horrible pain, itís very hard to focus, but I think itís always worth a try. This costs nothing but hard work, is harmless, non-invasive, and it gives us a fighting chance.
I wish you the best of luck - Charlie Strand
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