Tackling Migraines Quickly With Beta-Blocker Eye Drops

Eye Drops For Migraines

Eye Drops With Beta Blockers Contain Migraine Pain (1)

In the latest edition of the journal Missouri Medicine, ophthalmologists Carl V. Migliazzo and John C. Hagan have have outlined how administering just 1-2 drops per eye of eye drops containing beta blockers stub migraine pain and in some cases almost cure migraineurs of attacks.

The eye doctors conducted their study on a population that comprised of women only migraineurs who were suffering for many years, even decades with migraine attacks.

Dr. Migliazzo seemed to have struck upon this treatment entirely by coincidence when he had been routinely managing his glaucoma patients with these eye drops. As per him, “People would report to me spontaneously saying: ‘You know, doctor, my headaches started getting better after I started on this medication.’” (2) And since then he has recommended it to his patients who also experience migraines. He does accept that there may be a placebo affect at work for some patients who said it worked for them. To obtain more data on his study, Dr. Migliazzo wants to examine more patients and have a control group as well to check on the eye drops placebo effect.

However, there may be a good scientific rationale behind why eye drops containing beta blockers work for migraine patients. Beta blockers are primary drugs in the current scenario to manage hypertension, certain heart conditions and are also prescribed as prophylaxis for migraines. Besides, they are very cheap and safe with really low side effects. In addition to this, beta blockers reach the blood stream relatively faster and in time to save a migraine attack.

During a study of one beta blocker, a patient told researchers that he not only had fewer chest pains, but fewer migraines as well. His migraines returned only after he was switched to a placebo.

According to Dr. Mittal who is working with Dr. Hagan, “Eye drops containing beta quickly drain into the nose, where they’re rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream through the mucus membrane. If you can get something in their system as soon as possible, you have a better chance” to stop migraine attacks.” (3)

So it sounds like a case that certainly requires further testing and research. Dr. Hagan hopes that someone will pursue this research to be sure if this certainly works or if there is a large placebo effect at work. Earlier studies from the 1980s have shown some migraineurs benefiting from the use of such eye drops but no further testing had been pursued on the matter.

SOURCES

  1. Image Credit: Putting Drops In Eye Stock Photo by Marin; Freedigitalphotos.net; Web September 2014; http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Healthcare_g355-Putting_Drops_In_Eye_p112466.html
  2. Eye drops may hold quick relief for migraine sufferers; Kansas City News; Web September 2012; http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article1379677.html
  3. Eye drops may hold quick relief for migraine sufferers; Life Extension Foundation; web September 2014; http://www.lef.org/news/LefDailyNews.htm?NewsID=22812&Section=Disease

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Cut Out That Pain! Now, Surgery To Treat Migraines

A plastic surgeon at the University Of Texas South-western Medical Center has developed a new surgical technique that uses Botox which is generally employed for cosmetic surgeries in treating migraines.

New Surgical Technique Using Botox Promises Relief To Migraineurs (1)

In the procedure, the probable peripheral nerve triggers are first identified and then Botox administered at those sites during the surgery. These sites would be those that the doctor thinks are the ones contributing towards the migraine pain. This method is not recommended for everyone and is said to be prescribed to migraineurs on case-to-case basis.

Dr. Jeffrey Janis, has come up with this technique based on 5 years of study on anatomies of animals where nerves were decompressed to provide long-lasting relief to acute pain. In one of his recent studies, Dr. Janis exhibited the success of his technique. The study found that the use of Botox in the surgery led to average improvement of 85.5 percent over original symptoms such as frequency, severity and duration — but surgery produced a 96.6 percent average improvement over original symptoms.

However, according to Dr. Janis, “This type of surgery is not for everyone, but for those who have not found relief, these procedures are proving effective.” (2)

SOURCES:

  1. Image by Taoty; Free Digital Photos.net; March 2012; http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=2692
  2. Botox, surgery effective migraine therapy; UPI.com; March 2012; http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2012/03/17/Botox-surgery-effective-migraine-therapy/UPI-27221331958592/

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Allergy to your own hormones!

Do you think it is possible to develop an allergy – to your own hormones? No? Well, think again. For many migraineurs this is precisely what happens. The spiked bodily reaction to changed hormone levels in the times just before periods, such as bloating of the abdomen, acne, breast tenderness etc, indicates allergy to hormones. In fact, it has been confirmed through various studies that migraineurs actually develop antibodies (!) to their hormones. These antibodies are called IgE and are released when hormone levels become high in the body. Migraine just before monthly menstruation, is considered in many a medical quarters, as an allergic reaction to the body’s changed levels of hormones.

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