An Electric Band May Prevent Migraines
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An Electric Band May Prevent Migraines

When Jay Silverheels portrayed Tonto in TV’s The Lone Ranger, he wore a simple headband across his forehead. Johnny Depp amped up the character’s costume and topped off his movie-version headband with a dead crow. Critics said the affectation pained them greatly. But the latest headband to hit the U.S. market -- it’s been available in Canada and Europe for some time -- may bring much-needed pain relief to the more than 30 million folks who contend with migraine headaches.

 
 
This newly FDA-approved, battery-powered device is designed to prevent migraine attacks, not treat them once they’ve started. It’s worn around the head like Silverheels’ headband and during a daily 20-minute session an electrode delivers programmed electrical impulses to branches of the trigeminal nerve that’s located in the center of the forehead above the eyes. This three-part nerve is thought to play a role in triggering migraine and in transmitting the pain sensations it causes.
 
Studies show when used over several months the headband cuts the number of headache days in half (that’s a relief) and significantly reduces the use of migraine-attack medication. And just as important—side effects from this novel migraine therapy are rare and minimal. Many migraine suffers can’t stomach potent migraine prevention and treatment medications, which can trigger burning or prickling sensations in hands and feet, chest pain, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, dizziness, nausea, and rebound headaches. So if you have migraine headaches, ask your doctor about trying this new way to stop the pain before it begins.   
 

Migraine Headaches

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are severe headaches that can last for hours or days. The pain can be so severe that the headache causes nausea and vomiting. Sometimes migraines follow a disturbance in your vision. When this happens they are c...

alled ocular migraines. The symptoms of this are flashes of light, seeing zigzagged patterns, blind spots and bright spots or stars. Migraines occur more frequently in women and are thought to be triggered by changing hormones, some foods, stress or bright lights. Talk to your doctor to see what you can do to control your migraine symptoms and what you can do to prevent them.
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