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What Causes Migraines?
Up to now, the medical community cannot explain how and what causes migraines. Most of the theory surrounding the cause of migraines points to genetics. Some people are predisposed to having migraines because of their biological makeup. However, insufficient studies about the origin of a migraine make it even difficult to get treatment.
Migraine Treatment Methods
However, medical science has developed several ‘cures’ to relieve symptoms of migraines. These include using:
- Available over the counter drugs
- Supplements to boost overall health and to prevent migraines from occurring
- Application of herbs, ointments, and other options
If you are constantly suffering from migraines, and are tired of the usual medications available, then TMS therapy might be for you.
What is TMS Therapy?
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) uses magnetic pulses that stimulate brain cells. Initially, the method helped experts understand how the brain works. But recent studies show that it can help treat depression and other mental conditions like autism and anxiety.
TMS therapy in a migraine usually comes in a handheld portable device and you can place it on your head. This device will send out magnetic pulses through the skin with a single press of a button. The pulses from the machine can vary from single pulse (sTMS) to repeated pulses (rTMS). You can also customize the strength, frequency, and duration of the pulses.
Can TMS Treat Migraines?
Single pulse Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (sTMS) is a unique method of treating acute migraines. Previous studies show that sTMS helps decrease symptoms of migraines. sTMS can work without medication and has practically no serious side effects. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has even approved TMS therapy in treating and preventing migraines.
There are only a handful of studies about TMS therapy in treating migraines, though. But most of them have concluded that TMS is a safe and effective alternative treatment for reducing, preventing, and treating migraine symptoms and their intensity.
Common Side Effects
Common side effects of TMS are mostly mild to moderate and may include:
- Scalp discomfort
- Twitching of facial muscles
- Worsening of migraines
- Tingling sensations
- Sleepiness during treatment sessions
Serious Side Effects of sTMS
Serious side effects from sTMS are rare but when they occur, they can include the following:
- Inflamed sinuses (sinusitis)
- Difficulty in speaking or comprehension
- Feeling unusually energetic or “wired”
- Mania for people with bipolar disorder
That being said, sTMS may also not be appropriate for you if you have a family history of epilepsy or seizures. Do not use or undergo sTMS therapy if you have the following:
- Metal in or near your head, neck, or upper body
- Bullet fragments near the head
- Facial tattoos
- Ear implants
TMS machine acts like MRI and can affect metallic objects. These metallic components can malfunction, heat up, or move during treatment.
If you’ve tried all various medications to prevent and cure migraines, then it might be time to try TMS. This new method doesn’t produce serious side effects and very safe to use. It’s a proven method in people who can no longer tolerate taking drugs to relieve pain associated with migraines.