10/22/07 #2 - Tried everything for Migraine. PFO closure?

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    I have suffered from migraines all my life -- 60 years. I have tried everything, including Topamax, acupuncture, dietary changes and biofeedback, to no avail and have about 10-15 headaches a month. A cardiologist suggests that closing a small hole in my heart (a birth defect) called a PFO, may bring significant relief. What is the research on this?


    Thanks, Ari.





    Dear Ari;


    Research on the PFO and Migraine connection is underway now. The clinical trials in the UK showed a 37% reduction in days with Migraine for those who had the PFO closure procedure. Clinical trials in the US are being conducted now.

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    Until these clinical trials are completed, PFO closure for Migraine is not FDA approved and not available in the US unless you enroll in one of the clinical trials.


    For more information on PFO and Migraine see PFO and Migraine - "Hole in the Heart" and Migraine?.


    As for as having "tried everything" is concerned, trust us, you haven't. There are so many preventive options available to day that it's literally impossible to have tried everything. See Headache and Migraine Preventives: It's Impossible to Have Tried Everything!.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: October 22, 2007