New treatment for migraines

There are plenty of medications to treat the painful pounding of a migraine, but they do not work for everyone.

Drugs that prevent the onset of migraines actually only work in 50% of sufferers.

In the past, Chrissy Frews took nine drugs to try and prevent migraines, and they did not always work.

She entered a study in Chicago, where doctors are studying nerve stimulation for migraine relief.

When implanted, this device sends electrical impulses to the occipital nerves in the head.

Sandeep Amin, M.D. of Rush University Medical School explains, “When we stimulate these nerves in the upper neck with the stimulator, it goes in and actually turns off the center of the brain that causes the migraine to begin."

Half the people who get the spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain have about a 60% reduction in pain.

Doctor Amin expects similar results for migraines.

The study is currently enrolling patients at about 15 different sites around the country.


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