Fourth of July fireworks I was 5 years old and lived in a small town in New Hampshire. Our house was right across the street from the town common. I was so excited in that the fourth of July fireworks were going to be launched in the common within just a few hundred feet of our front door. I had waited for weeks to be so close to the event. Around 4 o’clock I developed a headache. I don’t remember ever having one this severe and within an hour it progressed into a screaming migraine. At 10 o’clock the fireworks began. For almost an hour the house was rocked with explosions that were dramatically magnified in my pulsating brain. I don’t have the words to describe the unpleasantness of the evening. The only good news was that my usually raging mother stopped to put a cold washcloth on my head. That was a pattern that persisted in that the one thing that would always bring a dead halt to her screaming at us was the severity of my migraines. Stuck in bed This festive event marked the beginning of a lifetime of migraine headaches. Every two to three weeks I would develop a severe headache that was often extreme. Usually it was associated with projectile vomiting. I eventually used to welcome that phase in that somehow my headache would abate a little. I would be stuck in bed motionless for 8 to 12 hours with a cold washcloth on my head. Every movement was excruciating. I don’t know if I would ever fall asleep, as I seemed to drift in and out of consciousness. I was always fine the next morning. I could never tell what might set the next one off. Imitrex In the 1980’s a drug called Imitrex was developed that I could inject into my thigh. The pills were not effective. If I could administer the injection in in time the migraine would be cut short or avoided. That medication had a huge impact on my quality of life. The only problem was that since it was an injectable I would frequently wait just a little too long and still experience significant symptoms. Occasionally I would be caught without it. Maxalt About 10 years ago a drug called Maxalt was developed that I could just put under my tongue. It changed my life. I was much better at quickly taking it and could usually abort the migraine. Still on occasion I would not have it with me and the severe sequence of events would still knock me flat. I would need to take it two to three times per month. Then it began to not work as well and I would have to add in a cup of coffee and Ibuprofen. That usually kept the headache at bay. I only had a severe migraine once during surgery. Fortunately my senior partner was assisting me and was able to finish the case. When these monsters hit I was knocked flat. No meds I don’t have migraine headaches anymore. I don’t exactly remember when I quit buying the drugs but it has been at least three years. If I get a mild sense one might be occurring a little coffee and Ibuprofen knocks it right down. I still can only drink one glass of wine without risking setting off a migraine. Migraines and MBS I did not realize why the headaches disappeared until I learned that the methods I had been using to successfully allay my uncontrollable anxiety were following the treatment principles of the Mind Body Syndrome (MBS). Dr. Howard Schubiner was a keynote speaker at a course I co-chaired, “A Course on Compassion: Empathy in the Face of Chronic Pain.” He trained under Dr. John Sarno who discovered this entity in the 1960’ s and used the term, “Tension Myositis Syndrome”. (TMS) Migraine headaches are a classic symptom of the MBS. As my nervous system calmed down the headaches disappeared along with 15 other MBS symptoms I was also experiencing. Migraines are nasty. With engagement of a program that treats MBS you can experience the same relief that I did. It took me many years of making the wrong moves to figure it out. Usually you can experience significant relief within months. Good luck!