Transcript: Reed Procedure Restores Her Life
Kandice: My name is Kandice. This is my husband Tom and I have had migraines for about eleven years. They started when I was twenty, I’m not sure if it was due to the area that I was working in at the time because it was a lot of construction, allergies or for some reason they just came on suddenly. I would go to work and it would get so bad on the way to work that I would have to literally stop. Sometimes I would have to have either someone come and get me or I’d completely go home, they were just miserable. They went away for a little while and I don’t know what caused it to go away, there was no change in diet or anything else.
When I was I guess it was almost seven years ago, I met Tom and my headaches were bad off and on they weren’t constantly bad and then for the past five years they have been pretty miserable. Five times in the last year, if not more, I was in the ER for an hour. Can you imagine an hour visit? It just takes its toll on both of us to have that much pain, me not being able to do what I need to do at the house and then relying on Tom for everything. I’m sure it’s just and for my whole entire family too, because they would help out with my son because I have a 22 month old. They would help out and have to come over and help us out, so it’s just been really hard. Having this implant has been great. It’s just been tremendous.
I first started going to see a neurologist four years ago when we moved into our new house. She put me on different kind of blocks and all kinds of seizure medications because she would figure that maybe something that would stop a seizure would end up stopping the migraine. I tried she put me on narcotic medication for pain and it would break through that narcotic medication. Then, she’d have to try a different one and go to different medications. Then, I switched because she got to the point where she couldn’t help any further.
I switched to a different neurologist and she tried me on the same medications because she wanted to see how her levels would work. She even tried the blocks that they put in your forehead, not in your forehead, but in the back of your head because you have nerves right there. She thought that it was nerve pain being sent to my brain from damaged nerves from my neck, but it ended up not being that either. They are not really sure what caused my pain.
The different neurologists that I’ve seen and I tried two others in between to see a neurologist and just nobody seemed to could help it. All the pain medication that they gave, that was actually for headaches it never caused them to go away.
I found out about Reed Migraine actually through my mom because she got to the point where she thought it was just absolutely just too much for me and Tom to bear for me to have to keep going to the ER. In one week, I went three times to the ER. She was online and tried to find best migraine doctors in Dallas, Texas and she came across Reed Migraine.
Tom: Well, when she had migraines, as you heard, she had to go to the hospital several times, so I’d have to take off work. Thankfully work would let me. What I really didn’t like is that we couldn’t go outside, we couldn’t hang out with our son; we couldn’t go to the park which was across the street. She would be like, “I can’t go with you.” I’m like, “Well, it’s right there, let’s go,” but she just couldn’t. She got a headache, she was either in the bathroom or in bed just trying to sleep it off and sometimes that didn’t work and sometimes it did.
Kandice: When I first woke up from the trial my head hurt a little bit, but I think it was from all of the actual work that was done. Going home, the day of the trial I felt better. It was like 90% better than I felt in so long and it was a great feeling. All I wanted to do was just do things that I haven’t been able to do: go outside and sit in the sun or go play with dogs or play with my kid on the grass or through all kinds of allergy stuff that could cause headache or just anything that would actually just to see if I could cause a headache.
Thankfully, none of them if I got one it was able to be controlled and that was the best thing. When I got the permanent implant it was so much better than the trial because with the trial I felt a few headaches and I felt I could control. But, when I actually got the permanent implant I can tell that right before I get one I can do a different kind of setting with my program and it could cause it to break up before it ever happens. I don’t get that pain because with this trial stimulator they can’t do as much programming to cause it to be different adjustments, you have a few settings that you can use to try to break one up to cause it to go higher, lower.
But, definitely with the permanent implant I can tell a humongous difference more then with the temporary. It’s been great because all I do is I turn it up if I get a little bit of a headache and it goes away. Then, if it gets really bad I just turn it up to a higher setting and knock it out. For me to be able to play with my son that’s worth two months of going through trial and surgeries and implants. It’s completely worth it to get to play with my son. I haven’t had any limitations and the only thing is that I am still getting us to the bending over, sometimes I get a little bit of a jolt if I have it up too high and I bend over too fast, but it’s a process. It’s something that’s implanted that you have to get use to and you have boundaries, obviously I can’t I could probably go skydive, but I’m a little bit afraid of heights, so I probably wouldn’t do that. I like riding horses and it’ll obviously take a while because where you have incisions and stuff. With going to the park with my husband and then going to the park with my son and I’ve had no limitations with that.
Tom: I’ve never heard of something like this and I read there is something similar for backs, but not for head and I was just skeptical. Especially since everything that she’s gone through, thus far, seeing millions of doctors, how can this one doctor really have the way? Oh, yeah, I was skeptical. I’m glad she went through it though.
Kandice: I would tell someone that’s out there with them, that’s had it with their life that they lead, that they’re inside all the time that they are missing out on half their life if not more. Do it, you have to. You have to do it for yourself, you have to do it for your family. You have to do it.