New treatment might help some migraine headache patients
Imagine a terrible headache combined with nausea and dizziness. That combination describes a migraine.
The pain of these intense headaches can disrupt lives and shatter relationships. When someone has a migraine they are hyper-sensitive to light and noise and often must spend hours in a dark, quiet room.
Dr. Randy James of the Denver Headache and Spine Center says migraines are common among women. “Some women are especially prone to migraines around their cycle and women are more prone to dietary triggers.”
Chocolate, wine and cheese are particularly bad triggers for migraine headaches.
Although many drugs, like Topamax, can reduce migraine pain by 50-percent in some patients, a new study published in the Neurology Journal says one-third of patients who need treatment don’t even seek it.
Not every patient responds to medication, and now many are turning to alternative methods to find relief.
Jordan Callaway says her bad headaches caused her to drop out of college. “It’s debilitating, excruciating the worst pain I’ve even had in my life.”
Dr. James is helping Jordan with a new procedure that uses sound waves to relax tight neck muscles that can cause severe headaches and says, “This device transmits a sound wave that’s equivocal to three pounds of pressure directed at the first bone in the neck, eliminating inflammation and muscle tightness that irritates nerves.”
Jordan says since receiving the treatment her pain is diminished and she’s getting better everyday and even plans to go back to school.
For more information about the treatment and other alternative therapies visit www.denverheadache.com.