Anyone who has endured the intense, throbbing pain of a migraine knows that these headaches can be truly disabling. They can cause nausea, vomiting and hypersensitivity to sensory triggers like light and sound. Even a slight movement of the head can cause excruciating pain. Some people even report experiencing visual disturbances, such as flashes of light or blind spots.
The onset of a migraine headache may be triggered by any number of factors, but among the most common are:
· Female hormonal changes
· Food and beverages such as coffee, chocolate, wine and aged cheeses, as well as food additives such as MSG and aspartame
· Strong smells from perfumes, paint thinners, cleaning products and cigarette, cigar and pipe smoke
· Disrupted sleep or jet lag
· Stress, anxiety and overexertion
· Medications such as oral contraceptives, hormone replacements and vasodilators (e.g. nitroglycerin)
Treatment Options for Chronic Migraines
Migraines may last for a few hours or a few days. For those who suffer from the occasional migraine, there are several medications, including over-the-counter options, that can alleviate the pain. Some people also find relief from therapies such as biofeedback and acupuncture.
Unfortunately, some patients get migraines several times a month. Chronic migraine sufferers may include those with a family history of migraines and women, who are three times more likely to develop migraines due to hormonal changes.
There is good news however. A minimally invasive interventional pain management treatment has emerged in the last decade, that can provide excellent chronic pain relief for these patients. The “Migraine Procedure ”: Also known as bilateral supraorbital and occipital neuro-stimulation, is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes a small implantable device to stop painful stimuli and pain transmission and cure migraine related pain.
Peer-reviewed medical reports from more than 140 national and international institutions indicate that this procedure has produced good to excellent results in hundreds of patients, with many stating that their migraines were drastically reduced, and in many cases, almost completely resolved.
It has been estimated that 12 percent of American adults have migraines, and four million suffer from chronic migraines.
Patients who have not found migraine relief from other treatments should pursue the options provided to them by pain medicine specialists. They can offer more advanced interventions that actually address the source of the pain, not just the symptoms.
Dr. Skaribas a national thought leader in neurostimulation is the only expert in Houston that performs the Migraine Procedure”( https://expertpaincare.com/treatments/the-migraine-procedure/). He has performed this procedure for the last 10 years on many of his patients who are enjoying excellent outcomes.