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Magnet therapy

  • By Lil

    Has anyone had any experience with using am device that sends magnetic impulses to the brain to relieve migraine pain as well as reducing the number of migraines for someone with chronic migraines?

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    You should read about the Cefaly, a headband like device that sends electric impulses to help reduce headache pain. It was just approved by the FDA for use in the US. I’ve not tried it, but our writer Kerrie has.
    https://migraine.com/blog/cefaly-questions-answered/

    There is also the Occipital Nerve Stimulator that is an electronic device that is surgically implanted under the scalp. Here’s one link, but you can find a lot of info on our site using the search term Occipital Nerve Stimulator. Of course surgery is a big decision and has to be right for Lil and your family.
    https://migraine.com/blog/nerve-stimulator-study-shows-potential-benefit-for-chronic-migraine/

    Other less invasive alternatives to medication are acupuncture, yoga and massage. Again our site has an amazing search engine so feel free to poke around. I’ve personally used all of these alternative methods so let me know if you have any questions.
    -Katie

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  • By Kerrie Smyres Moderator

    Are you referring to transcranial magnetic stimulation? The FDA approved a device in December 2013, but it is not available to the public. The company that makes the FDA-approved device is working on a smaller, less cumbersome version. They are aiming to have it available this year.

    Kerrie

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    • By Lil

      Yes- thanks. There is a Dr where I live that uses TMS to treat depression using a device (machine rather as it is quite large) called Neurostar. My daughters neurologist has referred my daughter.

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  • By Kerrie Smyres Moderator

    Cerena is the name of the device approved in December. The one the company is hoping to make available later this year is called SpringTMS. You can read about it at http://www.eneura.com/. And keep an eye on Migraine.com for updates — this is such big news that I’m sure we’ll cover it when it’s approved.

    Best of luck in finding an effective treatment for your daughter. Please let us know if she has success with the machine the doctor in your town uses.

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  • By Giggles

    Eneura’s Cerena device is FINALLY available in the US as of a few month ago. Has anyone started using this yet and if so has it helped? I am in the process of getting it but there’s something you all need to know before signing their rental agreement. I asked for a copy of their rental agreement terms and conditions (unlike the Cefaly, you do not own the device) that was not initially provided along with their application form. There was one part of the agreement that raised a red flag because it states that in the event of loss( which can be anything such as you dropping it, theft,etc.) you are liable for the amount of money that the device will produce for the remainder of it’s life. Yet there was another part of the agreement that states you are not liable for loss that is not your fault. I had an attorney friend review it and he advise me not to sign it unless they modify the wording, otherwise I could end up paying God knows how much if something happened to device. What if the device is supposed to last for 5 years. I would owe $15,000! I doubt they will change it but I will ask because I am desperate to get rid of my chronic migraines. I will post a follow up.

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