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It's easier for health professionals to prescribe drugs as a
substitute for change. Self-medication with alcohol or nicotine,
or prescription anti-depressants and stimulants are easier than
applying intelligence to emotions and relationships.

The long-term consequences and side-effects of psychoactive drugs are
unacceptable to an increasing number of professionals and to their patients.

What are Migraines?

Migraines are periodic severe headaches, with throbbing, sometimes blinding pain, nausea and vomiting; chills and sweating; tender scalp and face; light sensitivity and irritability; and a general feeling of illness. Some migraine headaches are ascribed to stress disorders, negative emotions or relationship problems.

Migraine headaches may be preceded by visual patterns or flashes, illusory tastes or odors, dizziness or faintness or tingling or numbness in extremities. Some migraines are considered psychosomatic.

Causes of Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches may seem to be triggered by stress (e.g. overwork, loud noises), by allergies, by excess dietary carbohydrates, iodine, and/or alcohol. However, the underlying cause of migraines often reflect the emotions and relationships in the migraine sufferer's family and workplace.

I had migraine headaches since I was a child ... I thought you were crazy when you seemed to suggest that we could just ''talk them away'. But in our first session, I found a frightened young-me ... you showed me how to love her. In our third session I found that my migraines were somehow mixed with a bad event when I was nine and was molested in a park. By our fifth session I seemed to have healed myself ... no migraines for 6 months ... Ireland

Managing Migraine Headaches with Drugs

Several prescription drugs are used to help people manage migraine headaches. Medications such as Sumatriptan (Imitrex) and ergotamine tartrate, can limit acute migraine pain. Propranolol can help prevent subsequent attacks. Other drugs prescribed for migraines include Phenelzine and Amitriptyline.

Many drugs have side effects, including weakness, skin rashes, irregular heartbeat, tight chest or throat, difficulty breathing or fainting. (Sumatriptan may react unpleasantly with ergotamine, a drug that is often used to relieve migraine headaches.) See Side Effects of Common Prescription Drugs

Incidence of Migraine Headaches

About three-quarters of all migraine sufferers have a family history of migraine. About two-thirds of all migraine victims are women. Migraine headaches also occur more often amongst people who set high, demanding standards for themselves. Setting high standards is a common family tradition - to be followed at all costs! Are some migraine sufferers bad people if they do not follow unhealthy family traditions?

Systemic Causes of Migraine Headaches

If an ancestor also suffers migraines, then a family knows how to care for a person suffering from severe headaches. Migraines are often perceived as a family traditions rather than as a genetic disease.

Like many other intermittent chronic diseases, migraine headaches offer undeniable reasons for "time off" and "time away". If you don't stop and rest, your body will find a way to signal STOP!

Systemic Diagnosis & Migraine Headaches

When we work with people who suffer migraine headaches we often find:

  1. Family members or work colleagues seem "too close" or "tightly bonded'. There is little subjective space. Some people say "My family is so close that I can hardly breathe".
  2. Family members (or work colleagues) are perceived as a burden that cannot be avoided or denied - except by disease or death.
  3. A parent or ancestral migraine sufferer may be felt "inside" (identification) the person.
  4. The person controls or manipulates a family (or workplace) through migraine headaches.
  5. The person feels trapped within irrational beliefs or existential conflicts

Systemic Coaching Relief for Migraine

Our systemic coaching can often provide long-lasting solutions for many people who suffer from migraine headaches. The solution sequence we use is:

  1. Clarify family relationships
  2. Resolve emotional trauma
  3. Resolve relationship bonds
  4. Resolve issues of guilt and shame
  5. End entanglements and identity loss
  6. Dissolve conflicts and objections about health
  7. Live life with integrity, meaning and purpose

Pain Control

Resolving your migraines may help create a space for long-term solutions.
Our systemic coaching includes drug-free methods of controlling pain.

People in Pain . Long-Term Pain Control . Stress Disorders

Consult your physician about any opinions about migraine or other medical conditions.

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Have You Suffered Enough?

 Where are you now? Understand your emotions, fixations and enmeshments
What do you hope for? Know your goals and stop sabotaging yourself
Do you feel resourceful? Learn to develop your inner resources
Do emotions block you? Relationship problems and mentor damage
Do your beliefs limit you? Change limiting beliefs and end dependence
Do you feel connected? Resolve identity issues to recover lost resources
Is your partner happy? Build healthy partnership (or separate peacefully)
Are your children healthy? Happy parents better manage family problems
Do you want team success? Team leaders and their teams develop together
Do you have complex goals? Specialty coaching, counseling & therapy

Plagiarism is theft. Copyright Martyn Carruthers 1996-2018  All rights reserved. Soulwork Systemic Coaching was primarily developed by Martyn Carruthers to help people solve emotional problems and relationship conflicts to achieve their goals. These concepts and strategies are for general knowledge only. Consult a physician about medical conditions and before changing medical treatment. Don't steal intellectual property ... get permission to post, publish or teach Martyn's work - email