Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Migraine

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2012

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for Migraine

If you experience debilitating migraines almost daily, you might want to consider Peripheral Nerve Stimulation.

Last month, the online journal of the International Headache Society, Cephalalgia, published the results of St. Jude Medical’s study on how Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS) works on migraine. PNS maximizes nerve signaling by sending out electrical impulses to peripheral nerves to counter the abnormal pain impulses that are sent when migraines occur.

St. Jude Medical conducted an experiment in a period of 12 weeks among 157 participants who incur headache almost 21 days in just a month. After 12 weeks of study, significant findings among the participants include substantial improvement in migraine-related disability and major reduction in the pain and headache days. This proves that PNS may help in improving one’s life quality by reducing the frequency of migraine occurrence.

But even though proven effective, you shouldn’t hastily jump into the procedure without consulting your doctor. Your physician should know whether you have pre-existing health conditions like hypertension and bleeding so they’d know the proper countermeasures to take in the event that a conflict arises during the procedure.

While it sounds too complicated in comparison with your typical painkiller intake routine, this medical breakthrough could be the headache cure you’ve long been looking for.


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