Treating migraines through the nose
Worldwide, more than 10 percent of people suffer from migraine headaches. Women are three times more likely than men to be affected by migraines. Without listing the symptoms, if you have migraines, you already know what they are.
How are you treating your migraine symptoms and is it working for you?
When you have pain from a migraine headache, you’re probably not thinking that a treatment through your nose is going to be helpful.
However, the natural opening of your nasal passages is the perfect access to a frequent source of migraine pain.
Migraines can be caused by different reasons, but when it’s from an inflammation of the sphenopalatine nerve, there is a new, quick treatment that can bring relief. The procedure is done by a radiologist who uses image guided technology to “see” how to navigate a small catheter tubing called a SphenoCath® through the nasal passages.
Once the tiny tube is positioned over the irritated nerve, a dose of anesthetic is released. This anesthetic numbs and soothes the nerve to reduce the pain. The procedure is then repeated through the other side of the nose. Once that is completed, patients lay back and relax for a few minutes while the anesthetic is absorbed.
Not only is it quick, it’s truly a minimally invasive option that following the path your nose naturally provides, to help manage your migraine pain.
Interested in this procedure?
Sentara CarePlex Hospital: 757-736-1620
Sentara Princess Anne Hospital: 757-507-1431