Migraine Surgery offers a complete cure for some of the over 303,000,000 sufferers of migraine in the world. It is a simple, painless surgery with no recovery period and a 90% success rate. It requires a new look at the migraine process. Let’s first take a look at the mysterious disease of migraine.
The migraine process is not well-understood. For many decades, it was thought to be due to a constriction and dilation of the blood vessels in the brain. If a physician puts a tight rubber band around a patient’s head, stopping the blood flow to the scalp, the pain will quickly stop. For some reason, the thinking changed. It was decided that migraineurs begin with a hyper-excitable brain which has a threshold which is lower than normal brains. After reaching this threshold, the trigeminal nerve sends a signal causing a domino effect. One of those dominos is called a cortical spreading compression. In other words, a wave spreads across the brain which is not in synch with normal brain waves. This causes distorted sensations of any type, depending on where it hits: optic (hallucinations and auras of all kinds, with or without pain); otic (dizziness with or without pain), gastric (pain in head and/or GI), time distortion, body distortions and any other weirdness imaginable throughout the body. Does this sound a little like Alice in Wonderland? Many have claimed that Lewis Carroll wrote this book full of strangeness inspired by his migraine experiences. One thing is for sure, a migraine is a neurologic event that affects the entire system and the entire system suffers even when the pain (if there was pain) is gone. Recently, Dr. Blaloh, one of the oldest and well-known researches of migraine and migraine-associated vertigo has found that migraine is a problem with the patient’s DNA.
All of this research, all of this knowledge, and, as of 2003, 303 million people still suffer with migraine worldwide. Most people who treat their migraines use migraine preventatives, which are not developed to treat migraine. They are medications which, when given to patients who happen to be migraineurs, their migraines went away. These medications then have added “migraine” to their list of secondary uses. The most effective of these are SSRPs and anticonvulsants. These medications also have serious side-effects, some requiring yearly blood tests, and have difficult withdrawal symptoms.
Others who suffer use alternative methods, but these people are in the minority.
There is, however, a plastic surgeon in San Francisco, Ziv M. Peled, M.D., who has had great results following peripheral nerve surgery for migraine. To understand why, we have to open ourselves to yet another cause of migraine, such as peripheral nerve irritation (peripheral meaning outside of the brain and spinal cord). Dr. Peled first tests patients to look for a pinched nerve in their head or neck. If he finds a culprit, he then injects the area with botox to see if there is a positive response. Only if he gets a positive response will he go ahead with surgery which entails decompressing the pinched nerve. He claims a 90% success rate and on-line testimonials claim that the surgery is painless with immediate results (disappearance of symptoms) and no recovery period.
For people whose lives are robbed by migraine and/or migraine-associated vertigo, a pinched nerve in the head or neck might be a blessing, because there is an easy fix. No more toxic medications and special diets. No more money spent on alternative treatments. Best of all, no more days of agony, in bed with the curtains drawn. Not to mention the following day spent in that migraine “hangover.” And those who suffer the horrific illness of migraine-associated veritgo, I need not even mention the relief. If this condition were due to a pinched nerve and were to resolve from a safe, simple surgery, forever, I, myself, would be dancing on the roof top until the dawn!