Millions around the world suffer from migraine headaches. For many of them, traditional pain killers offer little hope, as they are ineffective. Fortunately, today there are some new, innovative treatment options available on the market that can help reduce migraine pain. I am discussing the best ones here.
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center has reported that a technique used mostly for cosmetic eye surgery is now helping people with migraine to find some pain relief. In this technique, a small endoscope is inserted right below the scalp and behind the eyelid. This action immediately decompresses the nerve bundle that often triggers migraine attacks.
The efficacy rate of this unique procedure is around 94 percent, with many patients reporting their migraines have disappeared. Not al patients can get this cosmetic procedure to control migraines. Factors that may inhibit your eligibility include your anatomy, inexperience of the doctor, and some serious health conditions.
Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block
This new treatment offers quick pain relief for many people suffering from migraine headaches. It’s known as sphenopalatine ganglion block. Actually, sphenopalatine ganglion is a small nerve bundle that lies right at the back of your throat, immediately below the base of your brain. A surgeon passes a small catheter though nasal opening and positions it quite close to this nerve bundle. Some anesthetic (such as lidocaine) is quickly injected onto the nerves to ensure fast relief.
In a study in August 2016, researchers found that this treatment offers 89 percent success rate, with patients now reporting less need for any pain medication for several weeks or even months. Although effect of lidocaine may wear off with time, the procedure itself has a potential to deactivate the neurological trigger the triggers migraines.
Now magnets are also being used to treat migraines in a much better way. Now we have a eNeura Spring TMS device that soothes migraines by sending out special magnetic pulses right into the brain tissue. It works by using a coil that is placed directly on the scalp. Most of the magnetic waves emitted by this device penetrate the patient’s skull and interfere with other impulses that are directly associated with migraines.
Currently, the FDA-Approved Spring TMS device is being used in office, but such a device for home use will be shortly available in the market. The treatment is fast and offer quick results. Monthly treatment with this device is recommended for prevention of reoccurring headaches, and can cost around $300.
Botox was initially used for treating wrinkles. Researchers discovered that patients who suffered frequent headaches reported fewer and less severe episodes when they got Botox injections. For this treatment, solution is injected across the temples, forehead, and around the eyes every 3 months.
Once botulinum toxin enters your gastrointestinal system, it immediately produces some food poison. However, when it in injected in skin, it won’t make you sick. Instead, it may paralyze blocks and nerves that release acetylcholine, a substance that can inhibit nerve signal transmission. This will also prevent muscle contraction, leading to a much relaxed muscle state.
Social Media Therapy
While this therapy may sound far-fetched, but social media can indeed help all those who’re experiencing migraines. Research has been done on patients who post or tweet about their feelings and it has been found that they experience significant reduction in their headache pain. Scientists at University of Michigan analyzed more than 37,000 tweets from people suffering from regular headaches and found that patients who’re venting on social media felt much better in the long-run.
According to experts, venting feelings on social media helps patients in using parts of their brain that are directly linked to emotion and thinking. These regions of brain are also involved in pain perception. Constant use of these brain areas contributed to reduced levels of pain in migraine patients.