Migraine :: Migraine gone with device on forehead

Technology has at last found a way to help migraine patients get relief from excruciating headaches. An electric device implanted into the patient’s forehead is seen to control the pain to a large extent.

Doctors in the United States say they have already used the treatment successfully on one woman, who was suffering from constant headaches, reports BBC.

Theresa Lamesh from Illinois suffered damage to her supraorbital nerve – the nerve that controls sensation in and around the eye – after undergoing surgery on her eye. The damage made her blind in one eye and suffer excruciating pain everyday.

Doctors at the Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke’s Medical Centre in Chicago decided to see if electronic nerve stimulation could help her.

This technique has worked on patients with pain in other parts of the body, such as the back. It involves connecting the nerve responsible for causing pain to an electric device, usually a battery. The device sends an electronic signal to the nerve interrupting its own signal and preventing it from causing pain.

Interestingly, this can be controlled by the patient who can turn it on or off by using a special remote control.


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