Migraines are strong, pounding, painful headaches that can come on suddenly. Some people have migraines occasionally, while other people have them monthly that last for several days. Those with severe, frequent migraines may have trouble working or completing daily activities.
Some common symptoms of a migraine are:
- a pounding headache on one side of the head
- distorted vision
- light sensitivity
Migraines might be treated with pain relievers, but some are severe enough to require anti-nausea drugs, or medicines to prevent the migraine.
Patients who have been diagnosed with frequent, severe migraine headaches may benefit from a procedure called a “sphenopalatine ganglion block."
Augusto Elias, MD, a neurointerventional radiologist with Clinical Radiologists, offers this procedure at Memorial Medical Center.
The procedure, which does not require any cutting, needles, or sedatives, uses a pain-numbing drug (Lidocaine) on a bundle of nerves called the sphenopalatine ganglion. These nerves are located in the sinus tissue. The doctor inserts a small tube up the nose to administer the drug.
The nerve block is only for people who suffer from migraines or cluster headaches. It does not treat sinus headaches, stress headaches or headaches related to tumors.
To learn more about the sphenopalatine ganglion block, and to see if it may relieve your migraine headaches, call 217-588-2726.