Severe Migraine Sufferer Finds Comfort Through Hypnotherapy
A doctor who gave up on her dream job due to relentless symptoms of migraine has said hypnotherapy is helping her get though her ordeal.
Doctor Fiona Russell of Amersham, Buckinghamshire, has suffered from intense headaches, a loss of vision and sensitivity to light for eight years, buckinghamshireadvertiser.co.uk reports.
While Dr Russell's symptoms started off irregularly in the early days - perhaps coming once a month for three/four days before disappearing - they became more regular in 2011.
By February last year, the 31-year-old's symptoms became more regular; occurring twice a month and sometimes affecting her for up to 22 days at a time. The situation got so bad that she felt forced to left her dream job at the University of Calary, Canada, where she was studying the causes of arthritis and joint pain. She moved back in with her parents in England.
"It was pretty bad, and I could barely work," said Dr Russell. "It was upsetting to have to leave."
However, new medication and alternative remedies, such as hypnotherapy - as prescribed by the National Migraine Centre charity in London - have helped to reduce the frequency of Dr Russell's migraines. Now they affect her just five times a month.
"They've been great, I feel like they really care about my situation," said Dr Russell of the charity. "It's been nice meeting other migraine sufferers at the hypnotherapy group, and I don't feel as alone, like I'm the only one suffering."
Last week thetelegraphandargus.co.uk similarly reported on a case of hypnotherapy being used to help treat migraines and pain. This time however, it was for a 15-year-old girl who has idiopathic intra-cranial hypertension - a condition that occurs when the body produces too much fluid round the spinal cord and brain.