For more than three years, I was a patient at the John R. Graham Headache Center. When I moved to Boston in 2013, I was so sick with migraines, I could barely get out of bed on many days. Over the six years before, headaches had slowly eaten my life. I went from having the occasional migraine, to living in constant pain. I saw a neurologist in Chicago, and under her care, my migraines flipped from being episodes to a constant stream. I became a chronic migraine sufferer. I felt my life shrink as I left the house less and less and spent more days in bed and fewer working. I asked my wife over and over, “what if this is the rest of my life?”
I found myself at the Headache Center thanks to my wife’s insurance and a referral from my primary care physician. Under the care of Dr. Paul Rizzoli and then Dr. Rebecca Burch, I slowly chipped away at my migraines. Dr. Rizzoli described my head as a sailboat that had tipped over. The boat needed to be righted, and he used everything he had to do it. He put me on multiple preventative medications, prescribed new abortives and taught me how to prevent rebounds. Dr. Burch built on his plan, fighting insurance to get me Botox injections, adding rescue medication and tailoring my preventatives. She listened to every concern and idea I had, making a treatment plan just for me.
Today, I can sometimes go weeks without a migraine. I feel like a different person. I feel like your headache clinic gave me my life back.
I moved away from Boston recently, and I’m starting at a new headache clinic. But I really want to thank my doctors and your headache clinic. I never take the time to write notes like these. But these two doctors had such a profound impact on my quality of life. So, I hope this finds its way to the appropriate place. I just want to say thank you. For me, it really mattered.