When Marsh got to Schreiber’s office, she was ready to try anything. “To be honest, it didn’t help much back then,” she says. Even the botox that was supposed to help did not relieve the pain. “There was a point where she came to Bolivar every seven weeks to get 35 shots in the head,” says Schreiber. “Sometimes we had improvements and sometimes it was daunting.”
In 2018, the dry spell in the world of migraine treatment was finally over. A new drug has been released – one specifically designed to treat migraines. “We came around the corner for Billie Marsh,” says Schreiber. “As soon as we got the new treatment, she was one of the first patients to try it.” Finally, after 20 years, Marsh was able to get through a day without a painful headache. Better still, now that she experiences a migraine, Marsh says she can swallow a Tylenol and go about her day. “That has never happened before,” she says.
For Marsh, who had been a patient with Schreiber for nearly two decades, what she valued most was his willingness to try pretty much anything. That even goes for his nurse, Nancy Motley. “She was great,” says Marsh. “When insurance didn’t pay for the new drugs, Nancy jumped through all sorts of tires to help.” Motley eventually got Engality to pay for the entire cost of the medication, which was $ 600 a month. Now Marsh’s insurance pays the bill, and Marsh only has to pay $ 30 a month.
“I have four grandchildren and it doesn’t matter if they come by screaming,” she says. “I no longer have a headache. Dr. Schreiber is the greatest doctor. He kept trying one thing after the other until we found something that worked. “
So this is the long story of Billie Marsh and her lingering headache. According to Schreiber, the short story is: “She persevered, and then the world changed.”