Carol Spaulding

Migraine Headaches

— Costume Designer

I have been suffering from migraines, anxiety and depression as well as joint pain since I was 11 years old. Over the years I had been to doctors, physical therapists, pain management centers and chiropractors in order to control the constant pain. I had been on high doses of anti-inflammatory, anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. I have also sought help from mental heath practitioners.

Over the years I have had to leave jobs because of the migraine and joint pain and have had periods of years when I was physically unable to work due to pain and depression. This interfered with my ability to earn a living and left me financially dependent on my husband. It also impacted my social life as I often had to cancel plans because either I was in physical pain or having a migraine. For a period of time just before coming to Zanjabee I had to walk with a cane because my balance was so severely effected by the migraines. It has been a constant struggle to live a somewhat normal life as I never knew how I would feel on any given day.

I was referred to Zanjabee in October 2010 by my ear nose and throat doctor after a course of balance and hearing tests came back negative. For the first time in years I felt that I was being listened to and that I wasn’t being dismissed as a hysterical female. I am now being treated with acupuncture and massage therapy as well as meeting with Dr Shah and following her recommendations for treatment with Ayurvadic herbs. I am now off of all medications with the exception of a low dose of antidepressant. My migraines have been greatly reduced and I have almost full range of motion in my neck. My balance has returned to normal. I no longer feel the need to use the cane. Most importantly, for the first time in over a year I am not experiencing daily migraines. I feel that my overall heath has improved, my creativity has returned and my overall sense of well being is better than it have ever been. I’m not sure if I can pinpoint the one treatment that has been more effective that the others. I do think that the massage therapy provides the most immediate relief from the pain and the acupuncture and herbs are strengthening my immune system,calming my nerves and controlling the migraines.

I would most definitely recommend Zanjabee to anyone who is looking for a PCP or even just the specialized care of acupuncture or massage therapy. The fact that everyone works as a team is wonderful. I feel as though for the first time I am being listened to and that my health issues are real and can be effectively treated.