Migraine pain can differ widely from patient to patient, depending on the type of migraine. Migraine triggers can vary from barometric pressure changes to food sensitivities. Each migraine is unique and each patient is unique.
The only commonality is the pain each patient suffers can be debilitating and life-altering.
There are different modalities available for migraine patients:
- Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications
- Acupuncture and massages
- “Home remedies,” such as ice on the back of the neck and an attempt to avoid triggers, such as food.
Each of these treatment options can have various levels of success.
The Reed Procedure ® is another migraine treatment option with high levels of success. More and more migraine suffers are turning to this treatment for relief.
Types of Migraines
Pain feels different to different patients, depending on the type of migraine:
- Migraine with (and without) aura: A migraine without aura is the most common type of migraine. Once referred to as Common Migraine, symptoms can range from moderate to severe headache pain that occurs without warning. It is usually felt on one side of the head and is coupled with symptoms that can include nausea, blurred vision, fatigue, and a sensitivity to light, sounds, or smells. This type of migraine can last from four hours to several days. A migraine with aura includes visual issues and neurological symptoms that often occur 10 to 60 minutes before the onset of the actual headache. Unlike migraine without aura, the time of symptoms is usually short. The aura may even occur without actual headache pain.
- Migraine without Headache: This type of migraine may not come with classic head pain, but will include visual problems, aura, nausea, and vomiting. Other less-common symptoms could include fever and dizziness.
- Hemiplegic Migraine: This is a very rare, and very severe, form of migraine that can cause temporary paralysis-on one side of the body prior to or during a headache. Symptoms can include issues with vision, speaking, or swallowing.
- Migraine with Brainstem Aura: Historically known as Basilar-Type Migraine, this type of migraine commonly affects children and teenagers that start at the brainstem. It is most often present in teenage girls and can be associated with the patient’s menstrual cycle. Symptoms can include vision issues, dizziness, loss of balance, and muscle coordination issues. Pain may be felt on both sides and at the back of the head.
- Occipital Neuralgia Headache: This rare form of headache is used to descript pain in the distribution of the occipital nerves. The occipital nerves run from cervical nerve roots up the muscles in the neck and end near the base of the skull. Occipital neuralgia may be triggered by day-to-day activities such as hard brushing of hair, or simple neck tension due to stiff muscles. More serious experiences such as whiplash and cervical disc disease can also trigger this type of headache. Pain is often described as “piercing,” “stabbing,” or “sharp” with pain behind the eyes, neck pain, and a sensitivity to light.
- Retinal migraine: Retinal migraines are very rare and result in loss of vision or disturbances in one eye. They usually occur along with a migraine headache.
- Chronic Migraine: A patient is considered a sufferer of chronic migraine when a headache occurs 15 or more days per month for more than three months and has the symptoms of a migraine at least eight days per month. This type of migraine is truly debilitating for the patient due to the regular appearance of symptoms. It can be life-altering.
- Cluster Headache: While not technically a migraine, they can still cause debilitating pain. Patients who experience cluster headaches have pain multiple times per day within a specific period of time. This period of time could last anywhere from two weeks to several months. Patients who are prone to this type of headache often experience them repeatedly at the same time each year. Cluster headaches can feel more intense than a migraine, but generally do not last as long.
The Reed Procedure ® : A Permanent Surgical Migraine Treatment
Regardless of the type of migraine, The Reed Migraine Procedure can provide relief to most migraine patients.
Dr. Kenneth L. Reed, the developer of The Reed Migraine Procedure, combines the use of Occipital Nerve Stimulation and Supraorbital Nerve Stimulation to manage headache and migraine pain, regardless of the pain location.
The Reed Migraine Procedure can cover a wide variety of headaches and migraine types, including cluster headaches, shingles headaches, pediatric headaches, hemiplegic headaches, and occipital neuralgia headaches.
The Reed Migraine Procedure is a proven modality for migraine patients. It has been used by physicians around the world and has been well-documented in peer-reviewed journals for its success in managing migraines.
More than 85% of the patients who undergo The Reed Migraine Procedure respond positively and experience a reduction in frequency and severity. Additionally, migraine sufferers that currently take medication are often able to reduce their medication needs.
After permanent implantation of the neurostimulators, six out of seven patients experienced 90% -100% relief of their symptoms. The remaining one patient experiences a 60% reduction in pain and symptoms.
Most importantly, patients have a significant improvement in activity level and quality of life.
Many migraine sufferers can experience relief from The Reed Migraine Procedure. When a patient meets with a physician at Reed Migraine Centers, they will together review the history of the patient’s migraine pain and triggers.
Based on that information, they will together make a decision if The Reed Procedure is a viable option. For most patients, it is a viable option and will provide much-needed relief a majority of the time.
Do you suffer from migraines? Contact Reed Migraine Centers today and find out if the Reed Procedure is right for you.
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I had a stimulator implanted in Sept. 2012. Is it possible to get a second one implanted to cover more areas in the head? Can more than four leads be attached to one battery system. The device I have is from St. Jude.
Yes, it is possible to implant an additional battery and leads. Please contact our office for more information. 972-707-2800. Thank you for your interest in Reed Migraine Centers and the Reed Procedure.
Does this procedure work for chronic vestibular migraine without aura?
The Reed Procedure has been successful for patients with your migraine type.