Between first dates and finals, being a teen is stressful enough. And for 1 to 2 percent of teenagers, chronic daily headaches make life all the more complicated. What’s more, a recent study found that almost one-fourth of children suffering from migraines were not responding to the medications their doctors recommended. Recent research on surgical procedures, however, is showing an increasing possibility that migraine surgery may be safe and effective for teenage patients.
A study in the June issue of the medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery published data showing positive results with surgery on teenage migraine patients. The researchers wrote, “Our data demonstrate that surgery for refractory migraine headaches in the adolescent population may improve and potentially completely ameliorate symptoms for some.” In this case, the severity and the frequency of migraines were reduced as a result of surgery, and the patients did not experience any complications.
Indeed, Migraine Treatment Centers of America has found great success with teenage patients. One young lady, Alexas, a 17-year-old cheerleader from Weatherford, Texas, told her transformative story on ABC’s Good Morning America in 2013. After a brain injury, Alexas suffered from a constant headache—which she called a level seven or eight—and ended up taking six migraine medications a day to reduce symptoms. After missing 100 days of school and 10 months of looking for a headache remedy, she finally looked into the Omega migraine procedure. Within weeks she was back to “stunting” and “flying” with the varsity cheerleading squad.
Her story, and the recent study, should bring hope to parents of children who suffer from migraines. It can be frightening and frustrating to watch your child live with chronic pain. If your teenager is suffering from migraines and has not responded to other treatments, the Omega migraine procedure might be the migraine relief they need.