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For most people living with migraines really doesn’t mean living as much as it means managing your migraines and the pain they bring. Many migraine sufferers adopt strategies or develop coping mechanisms to handle their head pain in order to get some relief. You may be able to stop migraines before they start with these prevention strategies from Dr. Budler.
Recognize your triggers. Migraines happen when the trigeminal nerve is stimulated. The trigeminal nerve is the main nerve of the face and head and helps to control actions like chewing and blinking. When this nerve is stimulated, it sends messages to other facial nerves to start a pain response. Because the triggers that kick off migraines vary widely from person to person, it is important to understand your specific triggers so you can avoid them. Some examples of common migraine triggers include different foods, food preservatives, perfumes, fluorescent lighting, and stress. Some patients keep a journal of their diets, behaviors, and environmental experience as a way to track and find out their triggers so they can help reduce exposure and possibly reduce migraines.
Stop Smoking. Smoking can also be a trigger for migraines. It can cause the trigeminal nerve and other nerves to activate, which can kick off a pain response. Also, smoking is just really bad for you and can increase your risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
Get moving. Increasing the frequency in which you exercise may help head off your next headache. Physical activity has been found to be beneficial in reducing tension, which can cause severe headaches. Migraine patients are cautioned to first discuss their plans for exercise with their doctors and to ease into their new activity routine slowly. This is because exercise that is high intensity can actually bring on a migraine. Also, adding in exercise to your routine at random is also discouraged, because it can also trigger headaches. Establish a walk, jog, or swim routine that you can stick to help reduce tension and headache pain.
These strategies for prevention may not work for all the time and may not work for all migraine sufferers. Prevention strategies, in combination with self-care treatments, may only provide temporary relief from pain. Dr. Budler offers SPG block therapy for migraine patients for long lasting benefits.
June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness month and Advanced Radiology wants you to be aware of treatment options. Sufferers of chronic migraine, TMJ disorders, oral cancer and other facial pain can follow their noses to relief with a 15 minute, non-invasive SPG block. Administered through the nose via a needleless catheter called a Sphenocath that applies a numbing medication to the nerve located in the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG), a structure within the nose where the nerves that register facial and migraine pain reside. Spenocath is one of many procedures offered by the team at Advanced Radiology.
The concept of relieving migraine and facial pain through administering a nerve blocking agent to the SPG has been documented since the 1800s, but only within the last few years has the FDA approved Sphenocath as a non-invasive procedures for applying the nerve blocking agent. Previously radiologists had managed less accurate applications of numbing medication via a needle through the cheek or a swab through the nose.
Properly applied, a nerve blocking agent administered by Sphenocath can relieve migraines and other facial pain for up to three months, and are safe to repeat as necessary. Sphenocath has been recognized by the American Migraine Foundation as an effective form of treatment. To schedule a consultation, contact Advanced Radiology at 855-201-1519.
Head or facial pain can be debilitating, especially migraine headaches. Many people simply live with this pain or treat their chronic pain with continual use of pain medication. Anyone who suffers from cluster headaches, upper tooth pain, migraine headaches and facial pain is a candidate for Advanced Radiology’s Sphenocath treatment for long-term relief.
On average, between three and four treatments per year can keep someone suffering from these sorts of conditions pain-free. The Sphenocath is an easy, outpatient procedure that does not require needles. The procedure takes around fifteen minutes and provides immediate relief to most patients.
With the patient lying on his or her back, the interventional radiologist sprays an anesthetic mist to the nose. Once the anesthetic is working, a limited real-time x-ray is used to locate the correct spot to deliver the mediation inside the nasal cavity. Once this place has been located, a soft-tipped catheter is then used by the interventional radiologist to deliver the medication.
From that point the mucosa (a thin layer of tissue inside the nasal cavity) absorbs the medication, transferring it to the sphenopalatine ganglion, a group of nerves related to headaches. The medication works on the sphenopalatine ganglion, causing it to “reset” eliminating the ongoing pain.
This safe and effective procedure is safe for both adults and children. Most insurance companies cover the Sphenocath treatment. If you or someone you know has chronic headaches or migraines, please call us at 855-201-1519 to schedule a consultation. We offer treatment in Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Fremont, Kearney, York and Crete.