Dr. Bill has some encouraging news for migraine sufferers. Show Notes

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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If you suffer from migraine headaches, here’s some good news. There’s a new treatment option for migraine suffers called “Cefaly.” It’s not a medication—it’s a plastic headband that may prevent migraines from occurring in the first place

According to a story from United Press International, the US Food and Drug Administration recently approved marketing of the Cefaly. Christy Foreman with the FDA says it’s the first electrical nerve stimulation device specifically authorized for use prior to the onset of migraines.

Cefaly is a small, portable, battery-powered device that resembles a plastic headband that you wear across your forehead and on top of your ears.  It’s available by prescription. 

The device applies an electric current to the skin and the underlying body tissues to stimulate branches of the trigeminal nerve, which has been associated with migraine headaches.

The user may feel a tingling or massaging sensation where the electrode is applied.

A small research study showed that those who used Cefaly experienced fewer days with migraines per month and used less migraine medication. However, the FDA points out that the device did not completely prevent migraines and did not reduce the intensity of migraines when a patient actually had one.

The device is designed for adults and should only be used once per day for 20 minutes.

The FDA says Cefaly provides an alternative to medication for migraine prevention and may help patients who can’t tolerate current migraine medications.

Migraine headaches are characterized by intense pulsing or throbbing pain in one area of the head, accompanied by nausea or vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound.

A migraine can last from four to 72 hours when left untreated. These debilitating headaches affect approximately 10 percent of people worldwide and are three times more common in women than men.

I’m Bill Maier for WBCL.
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