Headache Relief: Nerve Block

Posted by on Jan. 09, 2013

During headache attacks, we often rely on painkillers for relief as these seem to provide the best and fastest remedy for the throbbing pain we feel. This, however, is not always the case for everyone. While some experience immediate relief after a dose of the medicine, some just don’t get any relief at all. So, when over-the-counter drugs are not working, what other options can you resort to?

There are a number of natural remedies that you can apply to treat and lessen the frequency of your headache attacks. They, however, may not work as fast as drugs and other medical procedures. If instant relief is what you’re seeking, you may opt for non-natural methods such as nerve block.

Nerve block works through the injection of the medication — this can be alcohol or phenol — directly or near a nerve of the body part experiencing the pain. This will alleviate pain by disrupting the reception of pain signals in the nerve involved.

Similar to painkillers, nerve block may render beneficial effects to some, while others may get none at all. Before trying out the procedure, consult with your healthcare provider to guarantee your safety.

 

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