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How is a transcranial magnetic stimulation used to treat migraines?

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There are a couple of devices designed to short-circuit a migraine by turning on your brain in a particular way. A device called SpringTMS uses a technique called a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Place it on the back of your head for about a minute for release of a pulse of magnetic energy. Similarly, Cefaly uses transcutaneous supraorbital nerve stimulation and is worn as a headband on the forehead and turned on daily for 20 minutes to prevent migraine from developing. There is also a noninvasive vagus nerve stimulator called gammaCore. When placed over the vagus nerve in the neck, it releases a mild electrical stimulation to the nerve's fibers to relieve pain. You'll need a prescription for any of these gadgets, too.

SOURCES:

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Vestibular migraine."

Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute.

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Migraine Associated Vertigo."

National Headache Foundation: "Migraine."

International Headache Society: "Retinal migraine."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Types of migraine and headache medications."

American Academy of Family Physicians, familydoctor.org: "Migraine headaches: Ways to deal with the pain."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Vestibular migraine."

Michigan Headache & Neurological Institute.

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Migraine Associated Vertigo."

National Headache Foundation: "Migraine."

International Headache Society: "Retinal migraine."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Types of migraine and headache medications."

American Academy of Family Physicians, familydoctor.org: "Migraine headaches: Ways to deal with the pain."

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 23, 2018

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