Case Studies

Clinical Cases: Migraine and Stress Monitoring

Kristen Sparrow • September 09, 2016

Two recent migraine cases.  Two young women, both dramatic clinical responders with headaches decreasing within a few sessions.  I want to point out a few things in their data, or rather pose some questions.

  1.  Look at the dramatic increase in stress levels with needling.  I’ve seen this before, not always with migraine, but it does seem to be particularly characteristic of migraine.  Keep in mind, neither of these women are needle sensitive, ie. they don’t have trouble with the needles hurting in any way.  But not only is the dramatic increase remarkable, but the immediate decrease afterwards also.  In some sessions a huge swing.
  2. Over time, it’s harder to see the trend I’m looking for.  I would predict, as in many cases, you would see an overall decrease in stress levels, or an increase in parasympathetic activity.  In Sa.Be you do see this, but I have a hunch that once I gather more data from her, there will be a return to the mean.
  3. I’m not sure what all this means.  I’m trying to figure out which phenomenon is pathognominic for being receptive for treatment, or sign of successful treatment.