Case Studies

Clinical Case Intractable Migraine and HRV

Kristen Sparrow • January 07, 2019

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This data is from a young patient with intractable daily migraines for 1 1/2 years.  She has tried any and all treatments.  Drugs from betablockers, to anti-Alzheimer, to anti-depressants, to tryptans.  Chiropractic, acupuncture… Everything.  She came in for consulation and treatment and in the end decided to continue with what she was doing rather than continue treatment with me, lots of that having to due with cost.
But nonetheless her data is quite remarkable.  As we’ve seen in previous migraine patients, they can be exquisitely sensitive to needling.  Their stress levels can go throught the roof and then come way down just as abruptly.  In her case, her stress levels were not particularly high to start and there was a reaction to needling seen especially in minute 3.  But then the values are incredibly low.  I’ve almost never seen such low values that weren’t a fluke.  I’m not entirely sure what this means, except that it illustrates, again, the sensitivity of migraine patients to stimuli.  This is why, in the clinic, the main goal is to get patients off of all headache medications.  The medications can keep their systems out of balance and more likely to have headaches.  Her data follows.  Note that it’s not just her frequency data, but complexity data also.  Her LF/HF decreased by more than 40 fold. In this type of scenario, I would treat simple point prescriptions until there was a bit less volatility and then institute more challenging neurostimulation or electro acupuncture.  Fascinating!!