Hi. I’m Dr. Camille Cowne, a Board certified ER doctor, certified headache specialist, functional medicine doctor specialized in hormones and aesthetics, mom of 3 small kids and a long time chronic migraine sufferer. I wanted to start a newsletter and blog to share with all of you my struggles with migraine, my triumphs and my migraine treatment advice.
As an Emergency Medicine doctor for more than a decade I have been absolutely shocked by the lack of adequate outpatient treatment for many of the migraine patients I see. Many patients have never been given anything other than ibuprofen to take for recurring migraines that have left them missing work or seeking treatment in the ER. Many patients have never been given a prophylactic medication despite 15 or more headaches per month. And most have no education on natural remedies, trigger foods, behavior modification and other modalities that could potentially improve migraine.
You see, I have come to realize by my own personal experience and that of the patients that I treat, that the average doctor, whether they be primary care or a specialist, do not truly understand or comprehend how life altering these headaches are. I have been dumbfounded by the lack of empathy shown to these patients suffering and seeking treatment only to be told repeatedly to take Tylenol or other over the counter medications.
I was lucky enough to have a very good and insightful doctor when I first started on my migraine journey in my 20’s. She was patient and helped me try many different medications until I found one that worked. Unfortunately, my journey did not end there. After the birth of my first child more than 15 years later, my migraines took on a life of their own and were unable to be controlled by my previous regimens. This led me into a terrible time in my life where I had severe and unrelenting migraines for more than five years.
It was during this time that I cried, researched and finally clawed my way back to a good quality of life. But during this time, I felt that I needed a physician to partner with me and really help guide me through different treatment strategies until I found some relief. But I never did find that partner. And I felt very alone and at times helpless. It was during this time that I felt that I had to be my own doctor and essentially find my own cure. It was this difficult journey that has perfectly poised me to share all that I have learned with you and given me a passion for treating other migraine sufferers.
Now I’m not saying that I have all of the answers. And I am certainly not saying that I can cure you. But what I am hoping is that together, we can create a community where we can share in each others sorrows, rejoice in each others treatment successes, and I can hopefully impart you with some wisdom that I have learned along the way.
If you live in the Southern California area and are looking for someone to partner with you in your migraine journey, be sure to check me out at DrCamilleMD.com.
I hope to see you next time.
Dr. Camille M.D.
The Migraine Doctor