Migraine Procedure Treats 10 Years of Pain

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June 24, 2014

This may sound strange: People suffering with migraines in Dallas are no longer the only fortunate ones, because now migraine sufferers from other towns are travelling to the ‘Big D’ to benefit from the Omega migraine procedure, offered by the Migraine Treatment Centers of America’s pain management experts. In fact one of our partner physicians Dr. Darren Schuhmacher, was just featured in a news story about a very special young woman, on Dallas’ own NBC channel 5.

She was only 13 years old when her headaches began interfering with her ability to live life. Hannah Gruver’s headaches and migraine pain ranged from dull to severe.   She told NBC News, “there were a lot of times that I had to sit in my room with a pillow over my head, because anything I did hurt.” This is certainly a horrible way for a young lady to spend her teenage years and young adult life.

Sadly, migraines don’t spare children or teens, but happily, this young lady was recently able to undergo the innovative Omega migraine procedure for her condition in Dallas. Migraines affects up to 10% of adolescents, according to the Cleveland Clinic’s website. During childhood they are more common among boys, but by puberty, the number of girls with the condition exceeds them.

Although June is Migraine Awareness Month, migraineurs in Dallas and neighboring states have year-round access to the headache pain management pros with Migraine Treatment Centers of America who offer the pioneering migraine procedure that is helping Gruver manage her pain and get back to living.

Dr. Darren Schuhmacher explained that the Omega procedure works by inserting a small battery pack and thin wires discreetly beneath the skin and attaching lead to areas on the nerves in the head affected by migraines. While sending gentle electrical pulses, with a remote control, the patient can ease their own migraine pain as needed. Gruver said she can sense these pulses: “You know they’re there, and if I turn my head a certain way it presses more, so I can feel more of them. But normally I just forget they’re there.”

Dr. Schuhmacher noted the Omega migraine procedure has an 80 to 90 per cent success rate among certain patients who have successfully undergone an initial trial period. He further noted, that the treatment is intended for chronic migraine sufferers who have exhausted other conventional therapies.

Depending on the type of coverage a patient has, insurance may cover a large portion of the treatment’s cost. With centers located in various cities as well as Dallas, migraine sufferers all over can experience the same relief that Ms. Gruver is enjoying, and not have to travel very far at all!

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