A clinic in Britain is offering a cure for migraine sufferers by removing a muscle in the forehead that triggers pain, nausea and dizziness.
Each year millions of people suffer from migraine headaches, which is a severe pain felt on one, or sometimes both, sides of the head.
Affecting most people between the ages of 15 and 55, the cause for a migraine is unknown, but many researchers believe that blood flow or chemical changes in the brain can cause these painful headaches.
Migraines are usually treated with medication but a clinic is now offering a solution. Most migraines are started when the nerves in the head and the corrugator muscle (located above the eyebrows) interact.
Patients have to go through a screening process in order to find their migraine trigger points, because not all migraines are triggered in the same places.
Patients are given Botox injections in order to paralyze the corrugator muscle. After waiting eight weeks, they are then to report whether there has been a significant improvement in their migraine symptoms. If so, they are then allowed to have the operation to remove the corrugator muscle.
Professor Thomas Muehlberger has performed this surgery over 500 times on migraine sufferers. He says, “Although the migraine procedure will not be suitable for all patients, it will offer many of those affected a real chance of freeing themselves from their migraines completely or at least reducing the severity and frequency of their attacks.”
This sounds like a new breakthrough for people with migraines, but it would be interesting to know if there would be any kind of scarring or especially nerve damage if anything were to go wrong. But I’m sure that people with migraines would try anything to get rid of them just to be free of the pain.
Would any of you migraine sufferers out there every think of getting a surgery like this?