Shannon's Story

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Shannon’s Story: Shannon is a 23-year-old woman who has been suffering from migraine headaches since she was just 17 years old. Her first migraine occurred when she was sitting on her bed doing homework one evening, and she noticed her vision started to blur. Shortly after this symptom, a pain started behind her left eye and she began vomiting. She fainted, and her mother drove her to the hospital immediately.

After two similar attacks, Shannon made an appointment with a neurologist who told her that she probably had migraines caused by depression, so he prescribed Prozac. Since she was not depressed at all, the drug caused her to be tired and actually caused her headaches to occur more frequently. Her doctor then prescribed a series of drugs including Elavil, Imitrex, Midrin, and Zomig, but nothing worked.

Shannon was actually free of headaches for a year but then they started up again. With every migraine, she passed out and even had seizures. She would shake constantly during an episode.

She then went to a different neurologist, who prescribed her Pamelor and Maxalt. While on these drugs, Shannon experienced fewer headaches, but they were still very severe. When she went to the ER, she was given narcotic pain relief, but Shannon didn’t want a painkiller that merely stopped the pain temporarily. She wanted to fight the cause of the headaches.

Every time she called her neurologist and said she had experienced another episode, he merely increased her dosage.

Shannon had gone three months without a migraine but has had four in just one month recently. Because of health insurance issues, she cannot even get in to see a doctor for several months. She can only go to a general practitioner and must get a referral to another neurologist. Shannon is hoping that her new doctor will actually care about getting to the root of the problem.

Combining Neuromuscular Dentistry and other techniques allows Dr Shapira not just to alleviate pain but also prevent it's return.

The following video is from a patient who had continuous headaches and migraines for over 50 years but has now been pain free for several years.

Dr Shapira has been treating patients with severe pain for over 30 years and one of the biggest problems he finds is patients who have lost hope.  The following video is a patient who Dr Shapira helped who has a message about hope.

"Headache, Migraine, Fibromyalgia and TMJ Treatment with Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks and Neuromuscular Dentistry"  

Published in Sleep and Health Journal is an article discussing the benefits of Neuromuscular Dentistry and Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks.  This article has been read by thousands of patients many of whom saw Dr Shapira for treatment.