Researchers say the procedure can drastically reduce pain and sensitivity to migraine triggers
Treating migraines effectively might have gotten a lot easier, according to a new study published this month.
Researchers at the Albany Medical Center claim that a new innovative treatment offers chronic migraine sufferers prolonged relief from the debilitating headaches.
During the procedure, clinicians insert a spaghetti-size catheter through the patient’s nasal passages and administer lidocaine to the sphenopalatine ganglion — a nerve bundle behind the nose that is associated with migraines. It should be noted that no needles actually touch the patient during the process.
“When the initial numbing of the lidocaine wears off, the migraine trigger seems to no longer have the maximum effect that it once did,” said Dr. Kenneth Mandato, the study’s lead researcher at Albany Medical Center.
Following the procedure, 88% of patients reported that they required less or no migraine medication to provide additional pain relief.