So severe is their migraine pain that some people are now to be offered a new electrical solution. The new device is an electrical stimulator that can be operated by a remote control. Clinical trials have suggested that it can ease pain as well as reducing nausea, sickness and sensitivity to light and sound.
The device consists of a rechargeable generator which is inserted just under the skin in the neck, back or chest. Electrodes are attached to nerves at the back of the neck that supply feeling to the back half of the head.
When switched on by the migraine sufferer with a small hand held remote control pulsed electrical signals stimulate tightened nerves. The intensity of the signals can be turned up or down as needed. A slight tingling feeling may be felt around the area of the implant.
With over 25 million Americans and 5.6 million Britons suffering migraine headache researchers are eager to find a cure. About three times as many women are affected thought to be due to hormonal influences. A number of theories about the cause of migraine have been put forward but the exact cause is not known.
A long held theory was that the contraction and expansion of blood vessels in the head was the cause of pain. The latest research suggests that genetics and a disorder in the brain itself cause electrical changes rather than the blood vessels being involved.
Certainly there are different triggers for different people and as with most conditions there appear to be a number of factors involved rather than just one cause.
Whilst drugs have their uses many people are gaining control over their migraines with natural health remedies. Finding and avoiding the triggers while taking specific vitamins, minerals and herbal remedies have enabled many people to transform their lives.
Triple therapy with natural remedies is gaining in popularity as sufferers seek relief without the worrying side effects of drugs. A combination of a higher than usual dose of Vitamin B 2, magnesium and the herbal remedy Feverfew is having extraordinary results for many in 4 – 6 weeks.
As with all health problems a proper diagnosis from a doctor is advised to rule out other possible causes of headache before trying out migraine remedies.