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Sphenopalintine nerve block

  • By slhart

    I have chronic daily migraines.
    I seen a commercial for a migraine cure ((smile)) and I called the number and it was a new type of Sphenopalintine nerve block that they said was being used in a Chicago migraine clinic?? It takes 2 treatments a week for 6 weeks and then 3 treatments every 3 months. They said they had a 90 percent success rate?? Has anyone here tried this?? I looked it up on Youtube and the procedure looks painful however the office indicated they had a less invasive way to do the procedure.
    The cost is 14,000.00. It is out of network for my insurance so it would cost me 1,500.00. If it really worked it would be worth it =]
    Thanks for any input

  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi slhart,

    A sphenopalatine nerve block is NOT a “cure” for migraine, rather a treatment for migraine. For some people with migraine it may give them temporary relief, but that’s an expensive way to go.

    Instead you may want to consider seeing a doctor who is truly board certified in headache medicine, not a neurologist who claims they are a headache specialists because there is a big difference. Migraine/headache disorder specialists have extra board certification in headache medicine whereas general neurologists (who may say they are headache doctors) may not. The thing about neurologists is it’s hard for them to be experts in one area because they treat so many different conditions such as mulitple sclerosis, stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s and other diseases. A migraine/headache disorder is THE epxert who treats one disease – ours – migraine and headach disorders. For more information on this here are a few links; and

    I hope this is helpful, let me know what you think, OK?

  • By Ellen Schnakenberg


    I’ve seen this and heard local commercials. I’m actually flabbergasted at the cost. These blocks can be done in a doctor’s office with Q tips, or better yet, lidocaine nose drops. Our last bottle cost about $50. Glad you know there really is no cure.

    There is a new SPG stimulator that is coming out, but it’s only used for cluster headaches – a different diagnosis. SPG treatment typically doesn’t help Migraine much. The fact is, there is a whole different headache diagnosis that involves contact points and spg, so I can’t help but wonder if that’s what they’re dealing with?


  • By MaFixIt

    I am trying this – just had my second weekly treatment, along with trigger point injections to loosen up my tight shoulder and neck muscles. The SPG block is being administered at my pain clinic for a $10 copay. My nurse practitioner says give it 7-8 treatments. She used it on herself and was headache free for over a year. She described her migraine pain to me and it was almost identical. It is painless, easy and so far has no side effects for me. My fingers are crossed that I finally get lucky and this is something that helps.

    I have seen headache specialists and headache neurologists. They have done nothing for me – in fact I am worse that I was when this all started 4 years ago. The drugs don’t work and the side effects are generally unbearable.

    I will try to keep you updated.

    Karen from Arizona

  • By Nonster

    Mafixit (Karen in AZ) would you mind sharing your pain clinic name and location along with the nurse/dr. Names. I am a snowbird and am in AZ for the winters. I’ve looked into different pain clinics, etc and your having success with one makes me think I would give the a try. Thanks for your time!