July 2019 Newsletter - "Migraine Headaches: A Novel Approach to Relief" by Roni Burton, MD
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope in God: for I shall praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God” (Psalm 43:5).
In preparing for this writing, I reviewed the Pathophysiology, Clinical Manifestations and Diagnosis of Migraines in Adults. My understanding of the technical, so to speak, component of migraines has expanded and has deepened my awe for what David declared by the Holy Spirit that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:21). There are several types of migraines, with subtypes and triggers, signs and symptoms with various approaches to therapy. Women are affected more than men.
The manifestation of migraines is mediated through the trigeminovascular system. The trigeminal nerve, a large nerve in the head which has branches to the eyes (ophthalmic branch), sinuses (maxillary branch), and jaw (mandibular branch), is the conduit for triggering pain pathways in the midbrain producing neurogenic inflammation (non-bacterial), vasodilatation (the dilation of vessels) the release of powerful proteins, such a calcitonin gene related peptide, which is one of the powerful players in the process of a migraine (1). The pathophysiology is far more complicated than can be presented here. I shared only an inkling about migraines to contrast against the power of the Holy Spirit to heal.
During our last intercession, we prayed specifically against migraine headaches, because three or more of our members with history of migraines were being attacked with migraines. The classic migraines symptoms were there: throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting, needing to rest, avoiding loud noises, etc. One sister was lying in a quiet room with active headache at the start of our prayer meeting.
Now, for those who suffer from migraines and those of us who have managed migraines medically in the past, what I’m about to share goes against the grain. Part of management of migraines during a flair often involves resting, avoiding loud noises, lights, sudden movements etc. However, after prayer, the Holy Spirit instructed for us to dance. Three persons has history of migraines and one had an active migraine, possibly two. In the presence of worshiping, with music sounding, hands clapping, voices singing, heart believing, legs jumping, and arms swirling, with the light on, all migraine symptoms left. Now this is not a clinically controlled study with confidence intervals assessing probability of chance and placebo effect factoring in for confounding variables. It’s not a scientific study, but the results were clear. One of the variables for the trigger of migraines is stress, which is very broad and nebulous but none the less real. Psalm 103:2-3 says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all thine iniquities; who heals all thy diseases.” That desire in the heart of God has not changed! We are seeing the power of faith in Christ to heal and restore. The greater works He said we would do are beginning. The Apostle John said it this way, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.” Until next time, worship the Father in Spirit and Truth, dance and prosper.
1. Pathophysiology, Clinical Manifestations and Diagnosis of Migraines in Adults. Authors: F Michael Cutrer MD and Zahid H Bajwa, MD from UpTodate.
2. All Scripture references: King James Version of the Bible.