It’s Finally Over! (almost)

I have wanted to write something on the website for a while but I was so busy with college applications and school that I didn’t have much time.  First off, I just want to say that Dr. Ducic really saved my life.  The headaches coupled with the ridiculous amount of medication I was on, most of which made my headaches worse, really took a toll on me.  I was depressed and not myself.  The worst part about having chronic headaches is that people just don’t understand how bad it is.  “Just take an aspirin” is something I heard quite often.  If someone can’t see what is ailing you, then they decide that it doesn’t exist.  That mentality was particularly true for most of my doctors.  Once they failed to find a cause, they decided nothing was wrong with me and I would have to just “grow out of it.”  Obviously, they didn’t look hard enough, because Dr. Ducic knew exactly what was wrong with me.  Granted, the surgery was really exploratory in nature and there is no test to find out if your nerves are compressed, but he was very confident that nerve compression was the source of my headache from the first time I talked to him.  I only wish that neurologists and headache clinics would take a look at Dr. Ducic’s research on nerve compression and the results of the surgeries he has performed; this surgery could save thousands of lives.

I had a constant headache throughout my junior year in high school.  Looking back, I’m not sure how I even passed junior year.  As a result of my medication, I don’t have much of a memory from August of 2010 until about November of 2010.  It also gets a little foggy from March until the beginning of June.  I was unable to read text for most of the second semester of school, which made studying for AP tests and final exams pretty much impossible.  Fortunately, my teachers where very understanding and I have some friends who very graciously helped me get my homework done; at one point, a friend of mine basically became my pre- calculus teacher.  The entire time I was sick, my mom would continue to type my symptoms into the computer and see what came up.  Our recent Google searches were things like “stabbing pain on side of face,” “chronic headache,” “chronic migraine,” “teenage headache,” and “constant 24/7 headache.”  Searching around like this was how we found out about Dr. Ducic (It also made my doctors hate my mom because she was always throwing around crazy solutions for my pain and possible diseases during my appointments).  I am extremely lucky to have only gone through this for a year and a half.  Most of the other people I have talked to suffer for years, sometimes even decades, before they find something that helps them.  This is the real reason we started this website; my parents and I want to help people get better.  If we can help one person get their life back, then everything I have gone through is worth it.  I am not saying that everyone’s headache is a result of compressed nerves, but I think the more people talk about a cure and research it, the more people will become aware of possible treatments and cures for chronic migraines and headaches.

As of today, I am doing amazing.  I can read again (YAY!!) and am doing very well in school, besides having a major case of senioritis.  The first surgery got rid of about 70 percent of my pain.  I still have a constant headache on the side of my head, around my temples, but that should be taken care of with my surgery in December (we are counting down the days).  I am finally almost back to normal!  My mom just put a package in the mail for Dr. Ducic and his team containing a nutroll (an amazing Serbian dessert) and a card.  After my first surgery, she vowed to send him one if he cured me.  In retrospect, I’m glad that I went through all of this.  When my life started to be taken over by the side effects from my medications, I began researching the medications themselves and wondering what really made them work.  I also started looking into a career as a Pharmacist.  I am currently interning at a local pharmacy for school credit and I love it!  I can’t wait to start college in the fall.  My decision letters from all of the colleges I applied to should be arriving in December.  The realization that all of this is coming to a close is very exciting, but it also makes me think about all the people who haven’t found relief yet.  Hopefully this website, and others like it, will help others who suffer from chronic headaches find a cure.  Thank you to everyone who has read my story.  Keep telling your friends about it! The goal is to help as many people as possible find relief!

Dayna

 

Teena

I am Dayna's mom.

7 Comments

  1. Dayna im a junior in high school and I have never related to anyone more in my life honestly. I am in shock right now, you just basically said exactly what ive been dealing with for a year and a half since july of 2010 until now, every single day. My mom has been to 2 neurologists and a head specialist and basically searches the same thing your mom did in the internet every day to find maybe something. I’ve done acupuncture, been to a chiropractor and a total of four different headache medicine prescriptions such as nortryptiline,amitriptyline, topamax, and propanolol. Nothing seemed to work and studying for AP tests was a nightmare last year, and I’m assuming we’re on the same boat, we’re both intelligent and want to do well but our pain seems to get in the way with everything we do in our lives. The truth is no one understands unless they themselves are the ones experiencing it. No matter how many people are close to you,they just simply wont get it and will say things like “just keep pushing through you can do it” “just take an advil! eat something! go lay down.” Unfortunately, they do not realize that it’s more than someones occasional headache, its stabbing pain that makes concentrating and studying so difficult and a school day just basically hell. I’ve told my mom so many times please just get me surgery or something i cant take this anymore, i basically come home in tears every single day because it hurts so much and no one besides my mom understands that. I hold my head all day in class and apply HeadOn at least 7x a day (overpriced because it’s discontinued now,so I’m jumping up and down when I find it on Eba.y) Also, this is insanely strange because I’m also looking into being a pharmacist… i just emailed CVS for a possible job opening in the summer a few days ago because apparently they hire high school students interested in pharmacy to work behind the counter. CAN WE BE BEST FRIENDS? Omg this is absurd. hahhaa. Thank you so much for sharing your solution to pain, ill definitely take a look into this with my parents because your story sounds legitimately identical to mine. My headache just never goes away, so I’ve learned to adapt to it and just do everything with it, which just isn’t fair at all. Especially when you have insensitive neurologists who think that one medicine will eventually work if you just keep trying different ones. We should be able to live our lives like everyone else, pain free and be the same person we were before we experienced this 24/7 pain that just never goes away. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this, and seriously we’re both 16 taking AP classes&precalc, and looking into a career as a pharmacist with a 24/7 headache that no one just seems to get. how weird? I cant even get over it. Thanks again for sharing your pain solution! Can’t wait to show my mom when she gets home. 🙂

    • Rima,
      If you have any questions, please click the private email link.
      I can’t wait for Dayna to see this comment. She is studying for a Chemistry final now.
      If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
      Teena (Dayna’s mom)

    • Rima, I am so happy that you found this!! and yes we can be best friends! I know exactly what you are going through. I literally just want to go up to all my doctors and neurologists and just flick them in the face. I always felt like no one understood what was happening to me or even cared about trying to fix it. All my doctors were looking for a way to manage the pain, not a way to erradicate it. It sounds like what you are going through now is identical to what was happening to me last year. I don’t want to tell you that you could be a candidate for the surgery or that it could definitely cure you, but I really think you should look into it. It was amazing waking up after surgery and not being in pain. It was so weird!! Have you had any nerve blocks or anything yet? I know that the doctor I went to wanted me to have nerve blocks before he would even examine me. Please show this to your parents, too! I am going to copy and paste this into an email as well. This is just so spooky! I literally think we might be the same person!

  2. First I read the article on the procure that you had.Amazing…Then your story.Truly amazing.. I myself have been going through migraines for almost 1/2 my life. I have been under the care of a nuerologist for a few years now,with a combination of drugs that have helped a little but still I find myself in that migriane state of waking up with and going to bed with over and over for a week or more at a time. At times I end up in the ER which when I am there they treat me as a drug seeker. I have had my eyes checked, my teeth checked, wear a bite plate, been to a chiroprator, had a series of botox in a trail studies, I am so at my witts end.. I feel as though I’m using so much of my meds at times, then I go in the oppissite direction and do nothing.
    When I read this article I cried. There is hope for me to live a painfree life.
    I am so happy for you. I am going to talk to my nuerologist about this. If he is against it I will try someone else.I honestly believe that you have to try everything you can.
    Thank you so much for sharing your story.I hope one day I can share mine too..

    • Dayna’s neurologist initially thought the surgical route was drastic. He has received all the surgical records from the nerve decompression surgeries. With that information, he has since given one of his patients the information about the surgery and Dr. Ducic. If you have any other questions, please ask. Teena

  3. Hello, how is Dana doing still?

    My son now 17 has been suffering since the age of 7.

    Im in Bradford Ontario.

    Thank you.

  4. Hello. I was looking online for how post op went for people who had the nerve decompression surgery. I see the neurosurgeon Dec. 17th. I have had a constant headache for as long as I can remember. When I started nursing school, the constant headache turned into intermittent migraines. Like you, I have tried the chiropractor, physical therapy, massage therapy, accupunture, biofeed back therapy, and have been hospitalized twice. I was hospitalized in Thomas Jefferson for two weeks while getting DHE and a lidocaine infusion. I have been on at least 20 different medications and have spent at least 20,000 in medical bills and tests. I’m a RN and the stress of my every day job can make my headaches and migraines so much worse. It is very frustrating to have a doctor tell you, “your just going to have to get use to the pain.” I have also been labeled as a pain seeker when going to the ER. These headaches and migraines have ruined my friendships and family get togethers. It is so hard for people to understand what your going through. I recently started seeing a new neurologist and she suggested that I might have occipital neuralgia. In the past 10 years no one has suggested occipital neuralgia, even though it makes perfect sense. My neurologist just recently gave me a greater occipital nerve block and INSTANTLY my headache and neck pain were gone. Unforunately the block only lasted about a week. I’m wondering if you could share how you did post op on both surgeries. My main pain is directly behind my eyes and in my neck. I started reading online of different people’s post op experience and a lot of it was negative. I have myself all scared now. I don’t have a lot of sick time. If you could help, I would appreciate it. Thanks!

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