Can We Really Freeze Away Migraines?

Groningen, Netherlands
Ivar van Bussel, Groningen, Netherlands

Throughout history, there have been many people claiming to have found a way to stop all your pain. Whether it is for your back pain, leg pain, headaches, or migraines, it is supposed to put an end to all of the physical misery in a way. We all know there is no permanent solution to pain, but will technology change the way things are? With the incorporation of medicine, there may be a way to change everything, or at least for migraines.

What if instead of taking a pill to temporarily stop that painful migraine, a doctor would be able to “freeze” it away? Many people struggle with severe migraines, and they literally begin vomiting because the migraines turn so painful. Patients often report nausea and intense vomiting. It would just be another regular day when all of a sudden, it hits like a go-cart being smashed by a semi- truck. Patients have tried many treatments but the said drugs don't help with the pain. They went from strong medication to your everyday treatments for headaches and migraines. Essentially, they could not find anything to help them, until now of course.

Researchers and key opinion leaders at Stanford Medical Hospital have determined a way that might be able to help these patients with their severe migraines. Imagine a female 32-year old migraine patient. Unlike having herself take intense medications, she found a new solution to the problem: freezing the migraines away.

I know you are probably thinking how is that even possible, and why would anyone want to do such a thing. Well, with intense pain like that, you probably would be willing to do whatever it takes to get rid of the pain and that is what this "female patient" was prepared to do. People are prepared to use an iovera, a novel technique employing a tube in the form of a needle that works with nitrous oxide.

This allows a specific area to be targeted and provide cold to be given to specific nerves that are causing the patient's migraines. You can think of it as putting an ice pack on the bruise you got when you race into the door.

Experts state that clients know which specific nerves are causing these migraines and because of this procedure patients can really begin to see a difference. So let's go through this process together. The first step is the use of an ultrasound to examine the nerve and to determine its location and its connection to other areas. With this information, the doctor can then move forward in using the iovera to “freeze” the nerve ending at the necessary points. Patients have noticed a burning and cold feeling when the nerve is getting frozen. The patient can see the results almost immediately.

There are other methods to reducing a patient's pain from migraines, like using Botox to block to pain, but those methods are only temporary and cannot provide a long lasting effect.

Some patients have been doing this for months and state that it is well worth it. They have not noticed the pain as of late and admit that certain mild anti-pain techniques have completely changed their life. Many have seen life changing results and continue to get the treatments. With this new technique, it would be wonderful to not only apply to migraine pain, but other pain as well, like that of the back, neck, or large muscles. One day you might find this info in your doctor's office to help with your migraine pain and suggest it for your release from the ever-so dreadful migraines.

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