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How can sphenopalatine ganglion nerve block help treat migraines?

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This short, simple procedure numbs the SPG, a group of nerve cells inside and behind your nose. The FDA has approved three devices for doing this. It works because your SPG is linked to your trigeminal nerve, which is involved in these headaches. You get the procedure in your doctor’s office. You’ll be awake for it. Your doctor will insert a thin plastic tube, called a catheter, into your nose, one nostril at a time. Through an attached syringe, you’ll get an anesthetic to numb your SPG and the area around it. Your doctor may use an X-ray machine to be sure the tube is inserted correctly. Once the numbness wears off, you may still feel relief for some time.

SOURCES: FDA: “Treating migraines: more ways to fight the pain.” News releases, FDA. American Headache Society: “Botox-A for suppression of chronic migraine: frequently asked questions.” American Migraine Foundation: “Sphenopalatine ganglion blocks for headache disorders.” Medscape.com: “Image-guided lidocaine injections for headache.” National Headache Foundation: “New procedure may bring migraine relief.” Smitherman, T. published online March 29, 2015. Association for Contextual Behavioral Science: “A Short Guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.” American Headache Society: “Mindfulness meditation for migraine.” Bromberg, J. 2012.









Current Pain Headache Reports,Headache,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 23, 2018

SOURCES: FDA: “Treating migraines: more ways to fight the pain.” News releases, FDA. American Headache Society: “Botox-A for suppression of chronic migraine: frequently asked questions.” American Migraine Foundation: “Sphenopalatine ganglion blocks for headache disorders.” Medscape.com: “Image-guided lidocaine injections for headache.” National Headache Foundation: “New procedure may bring migraine relief.” Smitherman, T. published online March 29, 2015. Association for Contextual Behavioral Science: “A Short Guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.” American Headache Society: “Mindfulness meditation for migraine.” Bromberg, J. 2012.









Current Pain Headache Reports,Headache,

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 23, 2018

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