Migraine Headache – New Electrical Stimulator Held Against Head Relieves
Symptoms – Magnetic Pulse May Prevent Headaches
June 23rd, 2006
the Ohio State University Medical Center say that a new experimental
device that delivers a strong electrical current creating an intense
magnetic field for about one millisecond against the patients head,
could be an effective treatment for migraines. The device appears to be
effective in eliminating nausea and vomiting when administered during
the onset of the migraine.
The device, called
TMS, interrupts the aura phase of the migraine, often described as
electrical storms in the brain, before they lead to headaches.
According to the researchers, these Auras are neural disturbances that
signal the onset of migraine headaches.
says “Perhaps the most significant effect of using the TMS device was on
the two-hour symptom assessment, with 84 percent of the episodes in
patients using the TMS occurring without noise sensitivity. Work
functioning also improved, and there were no side effects reported."
Mohammad is the principal investigator of the study and a neurologist at
OSU Medical Center.