8/20/07 #1 - Is the occipital nerve Stimulator working for Migraines?

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    Can you tell me if the Occipital Nerve Stimulator is working for migraines? I have read about the process but can't find many first-hand testimonials. I have tried all the medications possible and did the occipital nerve block - nothing has worked.

     

    What are the up and down sides of the stimulator? Is it staying in place? What follow-up research is being done on it's success or failure? Thank you. Looking at last-ditch options - any other thoughts would we welcome. Suzanne.

     

     

    Answer:

     

    Dear Suzanne;

     

    If an occipital nerve block didn't help your Meadache pattern, then implanting an occipital nerve stimulator may not either; I'm biased as I see the nerve stimulator failures in our area and some of the surgeons tend to publish their successes that don't talk too much about their failures. Yes, and migration of the leads is a big problem in this technology.

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    Other thoughts would be to continue to look for newer medication categories and I'm sure there are things that you haven't been tried on that are out there. In short, don't give up on that, and don't necessarily rush into a very expensive surgical procedure that may not have a whole lot of yield.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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Published On: August 20, 2007