|Barked: Wed Mar 4, '09 8:47pm PST |
|W-O-W!! I am in jaw dropping awe! I am a migraine suffer as well. I've tried everything (or at least I think everything). I've done many many RX's including anxiety/depression, blood pressure (several), anti-seizure (several)... list goes on. I've also tried diet, chiropractor, neurologist, massage, and on the 20th I go to see an endocrinologist to see if any relief can be found there. I've had migraines all my life but they have been increasing since 2001. I have one (or more) every 7-10 days. Last week I had five migraines in a six day period. At this point no doctor can figure it out. I take Relpax once I start getting one, but I hate Relpax. I hate the way I feel on it. But it's the same no matter what medicine I use to take away the migraine. I cannot function. After recently doing some online research I discovered what I have been experiencing actually as names… Prodrone/Aura/Headache/Postdrone stages (http://www.healthcentral.com/migraine/understanding-migraine-29375- 5.html). The information I read was amazing. Everything I've ever tried to explain to doctors was right there completely documented by professionals. Sometimes I feel like doctors done believe what I'm trying to describe. Like when I say I feel mentally slower during & even the next day after a migraine. That when someone asks me a question on a normal day I would answer without hesitation or struggle. But during/after I have to pause & concentrate on the answer. It feels like my brain is sluggish, almost like I have a hangover. I have a friend who suffers from social anxiety & panic attacks. She has trained two SD for herself, so I'm alittle familiar with that world, but I never dreamed a dog could help with migraines. I seriously just googled "Migraine Service Dogs" just to see because I just watched a news video about how a SD can help with lots of different conditions from arthritis to chronic fatigue syndrome, and found this discussion board. I am a HUGE dog lover, and German Shepherds are my breed of choice. We have a 4 month female GSD puppy, 2 year male GSD, & a 10 year beagle mix. The male GSD, Dorado, is mine; and the female GDS puppy, Mirage, is my husband’s. I can't tell you how much I would love for Dorado to alert. There have been times that I'm at the computer and he comes to jump in my lap (or in reality, put is front half in my lap he's so big) and I've wondered in the back of my mind if he's alerting. Being at the computer too long can cause a migraine. Does he know that? Also if I'm out at someone’s house he sometimes will get really pushy for us to leave. But I've never been able to figure out if he wants to leave for his own purpose, or if he knows I'm over exerting myself & I need to go home. If these are the beginnings of "alerts" how do I encourage them? I can't tell you how wonderful it would be to have a warning. I walk around in fear of when the next one is going to interrupt my life, and cause incredible pain. It's not just an attack on my head. It's an attack on my whole body... on my life. Thank you to all who have posted on this thread. It has been so enlightening & encouraging.