Nearly 40 million people suffer with migraine headaches, which can cause symptoms that include nausea, sensitivity to light, dizziness, vomiting and more. But could there be a different explanation for the migraine-like symptoms?
Kim has suffered from migraines for over 40 years. They started when she was just 15-years-old but now they are increasing in intensity as well as frequency. Sometimes a full-blown migraine can last up to 4 days for her, which she describes as feeling like a spike is being driven into her head behind the eyes.
In addition to seeing countless doctors, Kim's tried food elimination diets, kept journals, and ventured into holistic remedies. While she's developed some personal ways to cope, Kim is tired of having these headaches take over her life. She feels like she's missed out on a lot and it strains her relationship with her husband and daughter.
For some migraine sufferers the actually problem isn't in their head but rather it stems from their nose! Kim heard about a procedure with plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Smith, who reportedly has a very high success rate at helping those who are suffering with unbearable migraine-type symptoms. The Doctors were there as Kim underwent surgery to hopefully change her life.
Kim and Dr. Smith join The Doctors to discuss her results. Kim says, "It's amazing. I feel like I have the energy of a 20-year-old." Dr. Smith explains that Kim had a deviated septum that created a bone spur, which caused her migraine-type pain. While she felt like she was experiencing migraines Kim was actually suffering from sinus pain caused by an old nose injury.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork recommends that if you've been diagnosed with something and you've had it for years and the normal treatments aren't working, it might be time to re-evaluate. Could your nose be the cause of your migraine-like pain?