AAR Offers New Migraine Headache Treatment
What Causes Migraines?
With the wrap up of the holiday season, New Year’s resolutions to keep, and the tax season looming, you may experience more migraines during this time of the year. Some common migraine triggers including alcohol, stress and rich foods. Learn more about these triggers and a new migraine treatment that may help.
Migraine Trigger: Alcohol
Many patients report that alcoholic drinks trigger migraines. Be careful about what you consume. If you suspect that alcohol is a trigger for you, it’s best to stick with water. If you’re unsure, you may want to try a small serving at first. Keep in mind that most patients report red wine and beer are the types of alcohol most likely to trigger a migraine.
Migraine Trigger: Stress
It’s not just big events like moving, starting a new job, or having a child that can trigger migraines—the stresses of the holiday season can trigger your migraines, too. The post-holiday blues may bring stress due to back to work and financial concerns. While you probably can’t avoid these stresses completely, be sure to take time for yourself so you can relax and stay healthy.
Migraine Trigger: Rich Foods
Food is a big part of dealing with stress and post-holiday blues. Migraine sufferers beware! Certain foods including chocolate, yeast, aged cheeses, caffeine, and artificial sweeteners, may be more likely to trigger your migraines. Know your triggers and avoid them when possible.
A New Migraine Treatment
Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block, also known as SPG Block, is a new type of migraine treatment offered by interventional radiologists. During the procedure, fluoroscopic guidance is used to insert a small tube into the patient’s nose. The tube allows medication to be delivered directly to the mucus membrane over the sphenopalatine ganglion. SPG Block may provide a significant and immediate decrease in migraine pain, as well as decreased migraine pain in the future. To learn more about SPG block, call the Association of Alexandria Radiologists to schedule a consultation with an interventional radiologist.
Migraine treatment typically falls into two categories: pain-relieving medications, which are taken during a migraine attack, or preventive medications, which are taken regularly to reduce the number of migraines or severity of migraine symptoms.
Pain Relieving Migraine Treatment Medications
- Analgesics and NSAIDs – these are nonspecific pain medications, which may be used to treat pain throughout the body, including headaches and migraines. Analgesics and NSAIDs are best for the treatment of mild migraines. Popular options include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.
- Ergotamine – There are several different formulations of ergotamine, which affect serotonin levels, for the treatment for migraines.
- Triptans – There are seven different triptans, which work by constricting blood vessels and blocking pain pathways in the brain. Triptans can be given as a pill, nasal spray, or injection.
Preventive Migraine Treatment Medications
- Cardiovascular medications – the same beta blockers that are used to treat high blood pressure may also be used to treat migraine symptoms, or as a preventive measure.
- Anti-depressants – these medications may reduce the frequency of migraines by affecting certain brain chemicals, even in people who do not suffer from depression.
- Anti-seizure medications – these medications may reduce the frequency of migraines, even in people who do not suffer from a seizure disorder.
Migraine Treatment from Association of Alexandria Radiologists (AAR)
Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block (SPG) is a new type of migraine treatment from the Interventional Radiologists of Association of Alexandria Radiologists. During the procedure, fluoroscopic guidance is used to guide a SphenoCath™, a small tube, into the patient’s nose. Medication is delivered through the tube to the mucus membrane over the sphenopalatine ganglion.
The SPG block migraine treatment is fairly simple and may provide:
- Significant decrease in migraine pain
- Decreased pain from subsequent migraines
- Decreased need for medications to control migraine pain
- Less visits to the ER for migraine treatment
Schedule a Consultation for Migraine Treatment with AAR
If you suffer from migraines and would like to learn more about the SPG Block for migraine treatment, call our office to schedule a consultation with an interventional radiologist. 703-824-3260 request an appointment online.