Hello and thank you to everyone on this forum, reading your posts has been so helpful to me already. I’ve never joined a forum before, but feel moved to share my story (so far) and hope that it might help others. It’s a long story, but the main thing is this: my migraines have already improved dramatically after discovering TMS just 2 weeks ago! I’ve suffered frequent migraines, 2 or 3 a week, for the last 8 years. The migraines, and the search for a cure, have dominated my life, and have made life really difficult for my husband and 2 lovely children too. A couple of weeks ago I discovered the tms wiki site, and was very quickly convinced this must be the answer. Amazingly, I came across the site while searching for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for migraines that has been in the news recently. I’ve tried countless things in my search for a cure, including lots of preventative medication, some of which worked for a while, but with lots of side effects, visits to a neurologist, just about every alternative remedy, massage, acupuncture (even on my face – that’s how desperate I was!). And I’d also somehow got into the habit of avoiding anything that has ever been a trigger for anyone’s migraine ever! I was missing out lots of possible trigger foods, avoiding shops for fear of fluorescent lights, eating at certain times of day to keep my blood sugar stable etc etc. My life was totally ruled by trying to avoid migraines. None of this really seemed to be working, but I kept doing it anyway. So when I read about TMS, the first thing I did was start living a normal life, eating anything, going shopping, just sort of rebelling against all the ‘triggers’ I’d been avoiding. In the first week, a couple of migraines started, and I had a stern chat with my subconscious about them not being necessary any more as I was dealing with my feelings now. Incredibly, the migraines subsided enough for me not to take medication for them, and just go to bed until they’d gone – this is really rare for me. The following week was half term, and I didn’t get a single migraine – wohoo! This weekend however I did get a monster migraine, and I did have to use medication. But it came right after an upsetting argument, so I suspect an emotional link and more work to do with those feelings. And that’s where I’m up to. The weekend migraine felt like a bit of a set back, but after 8 years, an instant recovery was probably a bit much to hope for (although I was hoping of course!). I’m still feeling really positive though. Not least because whatever happens, this has made a difference I’m certain. My life is so different already, I feel like I’m now free from all the things I was doing or not doing to avoid migraines. That’s why I’ve chosen butterfly as my forum name – I feel like I’ve been trapped in a cocoon, and now I can fly free ! Its not like me to get all poetic, but this is just the best thing that could’ve happened to me. One thing I’m trying to forgive myself for is for not finding out about this sooner. People, even the doctor, have suggested stress could be the answer. But I was offended by this, as though they were saying it could be my fault. And anyway, I reasoned that I’ve had lots of stress in my life and never had migraines until 8 years ago. And I’ve had plenty of migraines when I’m completely relaxed. But I’ve never considered subconscious, repressed feelings could be the cause. So maybe I wasn’t ready to accept it until now. I’m just so grateful to have discovered it, and really hopeful for the future. Thanks again to everyone on here, and I wish you all the best with your recoveries. B Ps. Didn’t realise I was going to write so much, but forgot to mention that in the second week, I got some really bad back pain and sciatica, that I suffered with years ago for a long time, when I was told I had a bulging disc. After reading warnings of this sort of thing happening, I tried to ignore it and told my subconscious I knew what it was up to – and it was totally gone after a couple of days.