by Valerie Verkamp
A 63-year-old woman arrives at about 11 a.m. at the Signature Psychiatric Hospital, desperate for relief from recurring headaches and feelings of paranoia and obsessive compulsion.
She is frail and confused, which she attributes to the half a dozen meds she has been given by her neurologist and emergency room physicians to ease the pain of her recurring cluster headaches.
Over the past six months, she has been in and out of the ER nearly a dozen times. Numerous magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans haven't been able to shed any light on what could be the cause of her pain. Pain medication helps temporarily, but spikes her blood pressure and makes her nauseated. For more on story.