Ariz. ó A migraine is much more than just a bad headache.
Migraine symptoms, which can be debilitating for many people,
are the sixth leading cause of disability, according to the
World Health Organization. While there is no cure, a new study
published in Cephalalgia journal in March shows single-pulse
transcranial magnetic stimulation is a new way to prevent
migraine attacks. Itís safe, easy to use and noninvasive.
at Mayo Clinic and other major academic headache centers
across the U.S. recently conducted the study that examined the
effectiveness of using a single-pulse transcranial magnetic
stimulation device to prevent migraine attacks. The eNeura
SpringTMS Post-Market Observational U.S. Study of Migraine
study, also known as ESPOUSE, instructed participants to
self-administer four pulses with the device in the morning and
four pulses at night over three months to prevent and treat
migraine attacks as needed. Spring TMS stands for Spring
transcranial magnetic stimulation or sTMS.
migraine brain is hyperexcitable, and basic science studies
have demonstrated modulation of neuronal excitability with
this treatment modality," says Amaal Starling, M.D., a
Mayo Clinic neurologist, who is first author of the study.
"Our study demonstrated that the four pulses emitted from
this device twice daily reduce the frequency of headache days
by about three days per month, and 46 percent of patients had
at least 50 percent or less migraine attacks per month on the
treatment protocol. This data is clinically significant. Based
on the current study and prior studies in acute migraine
attack treatment, sTMS not only helps to stop a migraine
attack, but it also helps prevent them."
certain patients, treatment options for migraines, such as
oral medications, are not effective, well-tolerated or
preferred," Dr. Starling adds. "The sTMS may be a
great option for these patients and allow doctors to better
meet their unique needs."
Food and Drug Administration already had approved the sTMS
device for the acute treatment of migraine with aura. The FDA
now has approved it to prevent migraine, as well.