Migraine Attacks: Are Non Invasive Treatments Promising?
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According to the study published in the September 25, 2019, online issue of Neurology, The Medical Journal of the American Academy of Neurology, non-invasive nerve stimulation may show promise as a treatment for vestibular migraine attacks, a condition for which there are currently no approved treatments. It is a type of migraine that causes vertigo and dizziness with or without headache pain.

'There's a huge need for effective treatments for vestibular migraine attacks. People with vestibular migraine do not always have headaches and when they do, they are often less severe than in typical migraine, so the pain-relieving drugs used for typical migraine often are not effective. People can take drugs that suppress the vertigo or the nausea, but those drugs cause drowsiness and make it hard for people to go about their usual activities.' said Shin C. Beh, MD, study author, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and member of the American Academy of Neurology.

The participants received electrical stimulation via a handheld device placed against the neck during a vestibular migraine attack. The non-invasive stimulation delivers electrical impulses through the skin to the vagus nerve in the neck. The stimulation lasted for two minutes on each side of the neck. This treatment is currently used for typical migraine headaches. After the stimulation, the vertigo improved in 13 of the 14 people who were having an attack. Two people had no more vertigo; five people had at least 50 percent improvement in their vertigo symptoms.

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