My headaches started in my early 40s. Of course, I’d had headaches before – but when they began happening daily, I started to freak out. I assumed it was stress at first… but the pain simply didn’t stop. In fact, it got worse. Eventually, my headaches felt like they were in control of my entire life. My work suffered. I felt less present with my family. I was completely drained of energy all the time. After a few months of mild, but constant pain every day, I went to the doctor… who gave me drugs to ease the symptoms. I accepted this solution at first – what else was I going to do? But after a few years, I got extremely tired of taking pills every day. They made me feel groggy and weak – and with each pill I popped, it became harder and harder to imagine ever getting off of them.