9/3/07 #7 - Hospitalization to control environment and medication to improve treatment?

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    Many avenues of intervention including utilizing a variety of drugs (both pharmacology and psychopharmacology), several physician changes, reduction of stress to the point of work stoppage and total disability insurance, dietary changes and curtailment of most social and outdoor activities have only produced minimal improvement over a period of 3 years in the frequency and duration of migraine headaches in a now 31 year old male. Is there any advantage to a significant period of hospitalization to afford control of the environment and medication in such a manner to determine what if anything can really be effective? Or is it a waiting game to see if after a 5-year period, the problem will abate as some have suggested? Thank you.

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    Dear Sufferer;

     

    Although I personally favor outpatient approaches, as the hospitalization route is expensive and obviously not the real world, in some cases, in-patient treatment of ongoing disabling headaches can be a successful strategy. Depending on what part of the country you reside, it might be worth a consultation to decide on that approach; your lifestyle is severely curtailed by the headaches at this time. Please follow the link below to check the directory of recommended specialists.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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Published On: September 03, 2007