For those suffering from migraines, relief usually comes in the form of a few home remedies and some medication — but thanks to from researchers at the Albany Medical Center, a minimally invasive treatment might soon be an option as well.
The procedure, which the study's lead author Kenneth Mandato calls "a clear simple alternative," involves delivering the anesthetic lidocaine directly to nerves in the back of the nasal cavity through a spaghetti-sized catheter. during the process and sedation is not required, and early findings suggest a single outpatient treament can reduce pain levels by about 35% for up to a month.
Additionally, 88% of the 112 patients tested said that they required less or no migraine medication to provide additional pain relief after the procedure. And while Mondato notes the procedure is a temporary solution that would need to be repeated, Dr. Richard Lipton, director of the Montefiore Headache Center in New York City, described the findings as ""
"When a body gets used to having a chronic headache suppressor, the patient can experience a rebound in the absence of that suppressor," he explained. "So developing an effective treatment that can reduce the need for acute medicine would be very valuable."