The Doctors: Cure For Migraines?
Like many people, Nanette has suffered from painful, debilitating headaches for most of her life. On The Doctors, we learned more about Nanette’s lifetime struggle with migraines and the surgical procedure that put an end to them forever.
Nanette’s migraines often caused “pounding, stabbing” pain, nausea, vomiting and even heart palpitations. It wasn’t unusual for Nanette to be admitted to the hospital because of migraine pain. For relief she tried acupuncture, herbs and a chiropractor, but nothing provided a solution.
The Drs: Surgical Procedure For Migraine Relief
Nanette finally found the relief she needed through a relatively simple surgical procedure. Plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Miranda relieved pressure on the nerves and tissues around Nanette’s eyes, neck and head. Now, just 11 weeks after surgery, Nanette joined The Doctors for an update. She reported that she’s “100% migraine free,” and referred to the surgery as “a miracle.”
Dr. Miranda explained how some of the minimally invasive techniques used in aesthetic plastic surgery can help provide relief for migraines. In Nanette’s case, there were three nerves being compressed by muscles in her head and face. It was Dr. Miranda’s goal to “un-pinch” the nerves for a permanent solution to the pain. In some patients, Botox works to provide migraine relief, but that is usually a temporary solution lasting only 3-4 months.
Headaches and migraines can be different for everyone, even though about 25% of American households contain at least one person who suffers from migraines. If your migraines are affecting your life, it’s important to first get the proper diagnosis from your primary care doctor. Seeing a neurologist would be the next step and then potentially surgery if you are a good candidate.