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On This Exam, 1% Is a Passing Grade!

Since the world of the migraine sufferer can easily be described as wonky, why would Migraine Math be any different?!

Elementary school math taught me that 8% + 4% + 5% = 17%.

Well, yes, probably any non-migraine suffering mathematician would agree that sum is correct.

This is one area where migraine math is good news. Migraine math teaches us that these numbers add up, not to 17%, but to 25% or even more!

Here’s how it works:
I think we can safely say that there is probably no single strategy that brings about permanent, reliable, inexpensive, total migraine pain relief. Some methods result in 8% pain relief, others 4%, others 5%.

Maybe someone can tell me the branch of science that teaches us that if one pain relief method brings an 8% improvement, and the next a 4% measurable improvement and another a 5% improvement, instead of just adding up, these methods will play along with each other, cause each other to multiply – sort of like yeast in a dough, and together will add up to a 25% improvement.

This is good news for the delinquent migraine sufferer, curled up in a soundless, dark room, with the inaccurate negative message going round and round in an endless loop in their brain, drip-feeding themselves a toxic cocktail of defeatism. The migraine sufferer’s arithmetic, that is, undertaking anything, i.e. Therapy 1 = 8% + Therapy 2 = 4% + Therapy 3 = 5% add up to 0%. This is the mathematical expression of “despite anything I do, it will be ineffective, and I will continue to suffer from migraines” – and it is WRONG!

What’s the expression? Happiness rests not in the destination but in the journey. Pain relief is not the destination but in the journey. If you take the first step of taking action – any action! – your brain is already heaving a sigh of relief and putting into gear the pain-relieving hormones we all carry within our own internal pharmacy.

Are you the indecisive type? Do you study everything in great detail before you take your first step? Well, kudos to you for being so prudent. If you ask me what do I think of this or that therapy or this or that method… my reaction will be: “YES!” 99% of the time. ( After you’ve checked out whether your competent health professional has vetted it – always. Do not assume that as an amateur, you know more than a trained health professional. Your occasional instinct may be better than his or her opinion every now and then, but on the whole, the professional is a bigger genius than the lay public.)

Which brings us back to the title of this article: That 1% is a passing grade. It IS: as soon as you make the decision to take action – any action! – to do something to rid yourself of migraines, your innate intelligence begins to take over. Walking toward healing and pain relief becomes irresistible. You have taken the right bend at this fork in the road, and you are on the path to success.

Let’s have a word about compound interest. Not the financial kind – the more important, long-term health investment. From the state of your health flow all other advantages. Do you enjoy the financial world and its infinite possibilities, permutations, and combinations? You can enjoy it much more if your brain and body are in optimal shape. And that you need to get with the most important investment you will ever make – an improvement in your health.

And since we’re on the subject of math and arithmetic, this is also addressed to the 50% of migraine sufferers who, for some reason which I find perpetually baffling, have reached the decision not to consult a reliable medical professional to help them find pain relief from what is not a headache (which are tolerable), but which is something excruciatingly painful and completely intolerable.


  • Carla Piringer

    Related to noted medical professionals, the author was afflicted with an inherited excruciating migraine condition, followed traditional medical and alternative therapies and has lived migraine-free for over 35 years. She shares her doctor-recommended method in her book, hoping to inspire sufferers to find significant pain relief.


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