2/18/08 #1 - Radio freqyency of the occipital nerve for Migraine?

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    My migraines have become more frequent (2-3 a week) and severe (9-10 on the 10 scale) over the last 5 years. I have tried multiple preventives and treatment: Botox, nerve blocks, drugs, etc. At the most a new treatment gives a month of relief. Most preventatives affect the liver and thus I cannot take them. I am using Migranal spray for an abortive. I know that 3 times a week for Migranal is not acceptable for a person over 50. Is Radio Frequency of the occipital nerve an accepted procedure for permanent migraine treatment? Where can I locate information regarding side affects, long term prognosis, dangers, etc for this type of treatment? Thank you for your help, Nea.

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    Dear Nea;

     

    It’s not true that most preventive medications affect the liver, as you mentioned. I have no experience with radiofrequency lesions of the occipital nerve, although I’m aware that they had been tried for migraines. One of our local resources is at the Texas Tech medical Center in Lubbock, whether there are pain physicians who have experience with occipital nerve stimulation. Perhaps giving them a call might yield more information otherwise, I would look it up on the Internet and also on http://www.pubmed.gov to query any research on this matter.

     

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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Published On: February 17, 2008