1 in 5 Canadians live in chronic pain. The Canadian Pain Society states " Evidence supports that chronic pain is not just a symptom of underlying illness or injury, but it is a disease in its own right, with significant changes in complex biological, and psychosocial functions." - http://www.canadianpainsociety.ca Accessed March 2018.
Medication management is a trial and error process, and can be very frustrating. But it is well worth the trials to find a combination that works for you. Dr. Holowaty also performs joint injections, trigger point injections, acupressure, acupuncture, dry needling and botox injections for chronic migraine. If deeper injections or lidocaine/ketamine infusions seem beneficial, Dr. Holowaty will refer you to appropriate physicians for further treatments.
Dr. Holowaty's philosophy is that pain cannot be treated without addressing total suffering. There is the physical component, but because of the plasticity of the nervous system, and the the shared wiring with mood and the stress response, these must also be mastered in order to manage pain and reduce suffering. Most of this work needs to be done by the patient, unfortunately! But it also means that you have control of most of your healing. Please see below for some excellent resources as well as checking out https://www.tamethebeast.org/
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Lorimer Moseley explains what chronic pain is and how to address it.
Acupuncture has been shown to have a good effect on chronic pain. Dry needling places acupuncture needles at trigger point sites. J Pain. 2018 May;19(5):455-474. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2017.11.005.
Trigger points are tight muscle bands that you can feel under the skin. They often cause pain at not only their own site, but at body parts that radiate farther away. This is a very common cause of pain.
If you have tried "everything" for chronic migraine headaches, and yet you still suffer from 15 headaches per month, 8 of which are migraine, you may qualify for botox injection coverage for this through the Ontario Drug Benefits Program. However, the injecting process itself is not covered. Dr. Holowaty charges only $100.00 for the injection process, which is performed every 12 weeks.
You can read more about these injections and other migraine treatments at https://www.mychronicmigraine.ca/.
If you think this may be an option to explore, please have your health care provider complete the referral form for Botox below.
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