A Message From Dr. Steinberg Regarding Headache Prevention:
Did you know that I have been migraine headache free since 1998 (!) after suffering with a variety of uncomfortable and frightening symptoms from childhood until I was 20 and in my THIRD YEAR AT HOPKINS?! Ugh, I experienced sore eyes, headaches, ear "fullness," a stiff neck, facial pain and several month-long periods of dizziness which made my life so difficult. This caused me to miss out on a lot fun. However, I felt completely reborn once I became symptom free and have had a lot of fun since!
For the past 26+ years, I have remained completely symptom free because of a unique migraine headache prevention protocol that I created, called The Headache Preventive Lifestyle, which uses simple, evidence-based techniques brought together from the most effective migraine-preventive modalities (including those from the teachings of one of my late, great mentors, Dr. John Sarno, along with other techniques perfected over many years at Johns Hopkins Hospital's Department of Neurology and The Rusk Institute). These can include talk therapy, lifestyle and diet modifications, often used in a step-wise fashion, though not always. Together, we work as partners to custom-tailor an approach that works with their exact varied medical and psychotherapeutic needs. It is never a one-size-fits-all approach, and it has been an overwhelming joy of mine to help patients prevent migraine.
Here's how migraine prevention became part of my practice: After becoming well, I went on to complete my education and internships and started my thrilling and tremendously rewarding psychology practice treating anxiety, sex, dating & relationship issues. Over the years, I very regularly came across many patients in my practice who suffered terribly from migraine in the ways that I did for so many years. I began to teach them the techniques necessary to reduce the frequency, intensity, and duration of their own headaches that no neurologist or other headache specialist seemed to know or be teaching, a way of life that I know like a second religion. Most of those patients are now completely symptom free (over 622, as of this most recent edit, on 9/05/23). Because of my patients' successes and the great impact it had on their happiness and well-being, a sub-practice within my practice called The Center for Integrative Headache Prevention was born.
To this day, I still can't figure out why neurologists are such excellent diagnosticians and such poor treaters of migraine headaches when living symptom free is so unbelievably simple. My guess is that they don't have the time to spend with patients to teach them what they really need to know. Or, perhaps, they just don't know because it's not taught in medical school (it isn't) or they haven't gone through it themselves, like I have. Whatever the reason, so many people unnecessarily live in the downward spiral of migraine despair. It doesn't have to be this way!!
A primary headache such as a "tension headache," "migraine headache," "menstrual headache," "vestibular headache," "cluster headache," or "stress headache" is defined as one that is not caused by any sinister medical condition or disease such as a brain tumor or aneursym. All types of primary headaches can be prevented with the right know-how. If you or someone you know suffers from headaches, I encourage you to ask me about how living The Headache Preventive Lifestyle could be a tremendous help and lifesaver!