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I educated my doctor that PFO's can cause migraines

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  • Posted By: halal37
  • July 14, 2009
  • 10:55 PM

For years I have been suffering from daily headaches. Nothing neurologists (seen 5 over the years) have done has helped me. I even had sinus surgery as sinus problems can cause migraines, but it did not get rid of my headaches, though I do breathe better. The only medication that temporarily relieves the pain is the OTC aspirin/Tylenol/caffeine. At first I was told I was having simple migraines. But I have questioned that. Last year I saw an episode of Mystery Diagnosis where a woman suddenly developed severe headaches that never seemed to go away. She finally went to a neurologist who sent her to a cardiologist who discovered she has a PFO. Recent research suggests PFO’s can cause migraines. I finally decided to consult a cardiologist to see if this could be my problem. He ordered an echocardiogram with a bubble test. The bubble test revealed I have a small PFO. My doctor then informed me he had never heard of the PFO/migraine connection. Besides the TV program, I had also read an article on the subject on WebMD, and so I told him to go there and he found the article. My doctor does not treat PFO’s but another doctor in the practice does. So he is going to consult with the other doctor. But my story is I educated a cardiologist about the PFO/migraine link. I taught a doctor something he did not know.

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  • Getting relief from migraine headaches is a simple job. By connecting the PFO to it, I dont know whether you are solving the problem or not. May be the PFO is because of migraine and not the other way around. Human Body is a mysterious miracle of Heavenly Father and we dont know even a grain of sand how all are connected. Take a look at the slide show which includes giving relief to years of migraine, clustred or simply headaches. Solve the problems in simple ways rather than complicating them with drugs and surgery. Just my humble opinion.Please check this link and watch the slide show... Check this link..... http://s710.photobucket.com/albums/ww110/PArjuna/LTM%20in%20Chennai/If need to contact PArjuna85210@yahoo.comGood Luck to all and God bless you all...Garla Arjuna.
    PArjuna 43 Replies Flag this Response
  • Blaze, there are 9 different videos on the page you linked. I don't have all day to listen to them all. Which one are you refering too? PArjuna, beleive me, what is featured in that slideshow will not do a thing for me. Beleive me, I have been looking for answers for years. There is no way migraines can cause a PFO since PFO's is a congential problem. Everyone has a valve for blood to bypass the lungs, which should close at birth when we start breathing oxgen. For some unknown reason in some people it does not close, thus a PFO. I like the explanation provided by the Cleveland Clinc:http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/disorders/congenital/pfo.aspx
    halal37 96 Replies Flag this Response
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