New Treatment for Cluster Headaches
Nerve Stimulation Shows Promise When Drugs Fail
Not Sure Why It Works
Neurologist Jean Schoenen, MD, PhD, who co-authored the Belgian study, tells
WebMD that the next step is to figure out why the stimulation treatment
“We really don’t know,” he says. “We are hoping that brain imaging studies
can tell us which areas of the brain are affected by this treatment.”
Diamond, who is founder and director of the Diamond Headache Clinic in
Chicago, says he would consider trying the nerve stimulation procedure in his
patients with drug-resistant chronic cluster headaches.
But he dismissed the idea that it is the only minimally invasive treatment
option for these patients. He tells WebMD that he has had good responses with
another minimally invasive treatment.
“The main message is that there are effective treatments for the vast
majority of cluster headache patients,” he says.