The Migraine Imposter

“I was completely debilitated. It was so intense that I was a slave to painkillers. Demerol, morphine, valium – none of it helped. With Dr. Smith’s help, surgery was one of the best things that happened in my life.” John P., Houston, Texas


There are too many people who have wasted years living a low quality of life because they have been convinced they had migraines. As many as 30 million individuals suffer from crushing, head-splitting pain on an almost daily basis. His book, “The Migraine Imposter,” will change that.

Dr. Smith’s goal in writing the book is to raise awareness of a largely unknown source of severe headaches and to empower sufferers everywhere to take back control of their headache diagnosis and treatment plan.



Over the years Dr. Smith has dealt with hundreds of patients, who after a routine CT scan of their sinuses, he discovered the root of their problem was an imposter hiding in their nose. As it turned out, their problem was a septal deviation or bone spur rather than the neurological condition of migraine they had been convinced they had. After a 20-minute septoplasty procedure to straighten the septum and remove bony spurs, most patients returned, exuberant with news that they no longer suffered from migraine-like headaches. Their lives were forever changed.

This outcome occurs nearly 90% of the time in Dr. Smith’s practice, a fact that motivates him to find new ways to get this information out to a broader audience.

Dr. Smith seeks to change the way the medical community evaluates and treats severe recurrent headaches by incorporating a CT scan of the sinuses as a standard diagnostic tool, much like how MRI and CT scans of the brain are done currently. Patients need to have the confidence to demand this type of a CT scan when other causes cannot be found, before submitting to a prescription drug regimen that will only serve to mask symptoms, and do nothing to fix their problem.

It is Dr. Smith’s hope that his medical colleagues work together with educated patients to effectively change how headache diagnosis and treatment is managed in our healthcare systems, worldwide.