Migraines / Fibromyalgia
"I started coming to A Way of Life Acupuncture for migraines. I have suffered from them for most of my adult life. Normally I have 6-8 migraines a month. In August 2010, I had the worst migraine I have ever experienced and suddenly a few days later, I lost my mother. I began having migraines on a daily basis for over a month. I contacted A Way of Life Acupuncture from a friend's suggestion and decided to give acupuncture a try. From the very first treatment, I have felt better. The overall feeling of well-being was instant. I have been seeing her since October and the frequency of the migraines reduce every week. It has been 3 or 4 weeks since I have had a migraine. I have also noticed that when I do get one, they are not as intense. If I can not make it to Christine, my prescription migraine medication usually takes care of the headache in one does. Sometimes all it takes is a heating pad to make the migraine go away. I have never felt this good in my life. During my initial visit with Christine for migraines, we discussed other health issues I was experiencing. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2008 and have been taking 8-10 pills daily to control the pain. After starting my treatments, within the first few months I weaned myself off the pain meds completely and I feel wonderful. Not only do I not have pain, I have so much energy to exercise and have been losing weight. I was also able to walk in the Susan G Komen 5k this year, which I had missed the last two years because I could not walk that far. I feel very comfortable referring friends and family to Christine, as I am 100% satisfied with my experience at A Way of Life Acupuncture. I have never felt better in my life and my quality of life has improved so much in such a short period of time, my friends and family are amazed."
~ Wendy Morgan, Jacksonville, Florida
Severe Cluster Migraine Headaches
"I came to A Way of Life Acupuncture suffering from SEVERE Cluster Migraine Headaches. Since having acupuncture, both the frequency (which was every 3-7 days and the intensity (which included violent vomiting, blurred vision, shakes, indescribable pain) of my Migraine headaches has reduced significantly. In most instances now, I am able to identify the Migraine coming on and stop it from happening with primarily over the counter medications. I would definitely recommend Christine Yastrzemski to my friends and family members. I am one of "those people" that need to have a pass out of the chair when giving blood because I'm so afraid of needles. HOWEVER, this process is nothing like that all If you haven't tried acupuncture because you're afraid of needles then you are truly missing out on reaching a pain-free quality of life. I am Extremely SATISFIED with A Way of Life Acupuncture. In search of relief from my migraine headaches, I spent the past 7 years trying neuromuscular massage every week, neurologist visits which included multiple MRIs and every migraine medication they could prescribe. I frequently missed work or just spent the time throwing up at my desk. Finally, a colleague recommended I try acupuncture to relieve my migraines. Honestly, I didn't believe in acupuncture nor did I even know how it worked BUT I figured I've tried everything else and had nothing else to lose. IT WORKED FOR ME! I still don't know "how" it works but at this point...I don't really care - I am just happy that it works. I haven't done the massages or the neurologist in over 7 months. My migraines are very infrequent, and so much more bearable. I recommend any migraine suffer to TRY acupuncture and give it at least 3-4 visits. It just may change your quality of life."
~ Kim Bosco, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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Chiari Malformation with Syrinx / Migraines / Menstrual Issues
"Chiari Malformation with Syrinx is a fluid cyst on the spinal cord caused by crowding at the base of my skull. The neurosurgeon said a cranial decompression surgery was my only option. I decided to try acupuncture. Since receiving acupuncture treatments with Christine at A Way of Life Acupuncture, I have avoided the cranial decompression surgery and reduced the pressure on the spine, and eradicating the fluid cyst. Within 6 months the cyst was smaller in size and by 1 year, the cyst was completely gone. My neurosurgeon said there is no other case of the cyst going away without surgery. (I have 2 MRI's that prove a complete reduction of the spinal cyst.)
Prior to starting acupuncture, I also suffered severe migraines, extreme menstrual cramps, headaches and vomiting before and during menstruation. I have far less frequent migraines with regular stress management treatments. When I do have an active migraine, Christine is able to resolve the migraine that prior trips to the ER could not resolve. Christine has also helped to alleviate the various menstrual issues. I am very satisfied with my treatments with Christine and refer friends and family to see her."
~ Hollie McKitrick, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (CRPS) / Migraines / Fibromyalgia / Pain Med Withdrawal
"My husband actually sought out Christine’s help due to my progressive decline in health. I was diagnosed with Reflex
Sympathetic Dystrophy/CRPS and the medical doctors, although compassionate, were only able to minimize my symptoms with narcotic painkillers. Acupuncture and herbs have helped me manage my pain levels without the mind-numbing effects of the medications. In fact, the help given by Christine has enabled me to go through the painful process of withdrawing off all medications without being hospitalized. She helped me manage nausea, balance, dizziness, muscular aches, and ringing in the ears. The doctors even added fibromyalgia to the list of diagnoses for my body of pain. Upon asking them what they can do to help it, I was again told they could manage the pain with medication but no cure was available. Treating symptoms is not the approach I was looking for, so acupuncture is more in line with what I wanted from my health care professional…a fix it/get me better at the core level mentality. The treatment has been helpful and will hopefully bring a full resolution to the issues.
Sadly, chronic health issues and severe pain had given me a very dismal outlook on life thus antidepressants were also prescribed by my physician. I had even tried numerous health remedies on my own without success. Now, with the acupuncture and herbs, I’m off those medications too and I’m free from the resulting side effects of sleepiness.
Another miracle, while seeking help from acupuncture for my other health problems, has been to come to the office with a migraine headache and nausea that accompanies such beasts then within a few minutes of treatment
the headache is completely gone or decreased enough to function fully. Furthermore, due to my ongoing treatments, Christine has helped with acute health issues such as bronchitis, sinusitis, and allergies. Christine blends professionalism, care, and love for her clients like no other physician does. I give her an 11 on a scale of 1-10. Her knowledge is remarkable and she is able to apply it because she really listens to your concerns & needs. With all the help I’ve received at A Way of Life, my quality of life has improved dramatically. In fact…I want to live again. I can continue to get better and I will. I have hope for tomorrow."
~ Stephanie D. Scarborough, Jacksonville, Florida