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Nerve Stimulation to help prevent migraines

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“Wearing a nerve stimulator for 20 minutes a day may be a new option for migraine sufferers, according to new research published in the February 6, 2013, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
The stimulator is placed on the forehead, and it delivers electrical stimulation to the supraorbital nerve.
For the study, 67 people who had an average of four migraine attacks per month were followed for one month with no treatment. Then they received either the stimulation 20 minutes a day for three months or sham stimulation, where they wore the device but the stimulation given was at levels too low to have any effect.
Those who received the stimulation had fewer days with migraine in the third month of treatment compared to the first month with no treatment. The number of days with migraine decreased from 6.9 days to 4.8 days per month. The number did not change for those who received the sham treatment.
The study also looked at the number of people who had 50 percent or higher reduction in the number of days with migraine in a month. That number was 38 percent for those who had the stimulation compared to 12 percent of those who received the sham treatment.” Can Nerve Stimulation Help Prevent Migraine?

I’ve heard of the ones on the forehead… but also the ones placed on the neck. Interesting idea, certainly I have not had much success with preventatives lately and I think doing both does no harm and the potential benefit sounds great. Sounds better than Botox given I hate the feel of that and didn’t work for me anyway.

Also see: Migraines, cluster headaches, and external stimulation devices

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