A new, drug-free treatment of migraine has been recently invented. This treatment is done with the help of a hand-held device which instantly makes migraines disappear, with the simple push of a button. This is called a transcranial magnetic stimulation device (TMS).
At the onset of migraine, the patient puts the TMS on the back of the head and pushes a button which makes the device send a magnetic impulse into the skull.
“It actually generates a very small amount of current that flows through the brain and the assumption is that current is what turns off the migraine attack,” says Dr. Richard Lipton with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
The magnetic impulse that TMS transmits, causes the stoppage of the neurons’ “hyper-excitability,” which is considered, by some specialists, to be the cause of migraines.
The positive results from the trial were presented on Friday at the American Headache Society’s annual meeting. The study’s results will be presented during the American Headache Society annual meeting that will take place in Boston next week.
The study involved 201 people, with ages ranging from 18 to 68. They were instructed to use an electronic diary to record their migraines’ and pain levels’ evolution. About 164 patients managed to finish the study, industriously writing down the way their migraines occurred and how they evolved after having used the device.
In a span of 3-months of the study, 39% of the patients treated with the device said that the migraine ceased after two hours.