Which doctor would you choose?

Last summer, Julie Mathias collapsed suddenly, paralysed down the right side of her body. She was suffering a severe form of a condition called a hemiplegic migraine. It is not fully understood, but the paralysis is caused by a communication failure between the nerves.
In most sufferers – it affects between 8,000 and 10,000 Britons – these terrifying episodes often last for hours or days. But Julie, 47, did not recover. She was left barely able to walk without a stick, her speech was slurred and she had to give up working at her hair salon. Her neurologist prescribed an anticonvulsant drug called Topiramate, yet the symptoms remained.

In a scene when Julie returns to see the doctors, she walks without a stick, and is moving and speaking normally. She beams with relief as she announces that she is back at work.
‘The physiotherapist has been working on my neck and it seems to be releasing muscles that were causing tension,’ she says. ‘I had the start of a migraine in my eye and just by doing a few simple neck stretches I controlled it. I’ve got my life back.’
So why did conventional interventions fail where complementary ones succeeded?
‘Doctors are essentially trained to prescribe medicine,’ says Chris. ‘Patients often fall outside diagnostic criteria so treating something we’re not sure about with a toxic drug isn’t very sensible. Julie’s was not a very real diagnosis – she probably had some nasty drug reactions [from the Topiramate]. 

Source  - Daily Mail

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