In an astonishing new development the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first device which is aiming at easing the pain of migraines by aura, a sensory disturbance that occur just before an attack. This is especially good as it has been found that about a third of migraine sufferers experience auras.
The device known as Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator can be obtained through a prescription. The device is used by patients with both hands to hold the device against the back of their head and then press a button so that the device can release a pulse of magnetic energy. The pulse in question stimulates the brain’s occipital cortex and this may stop or ease the migraine pain.
Christy Foreman who is the director of the Office of Device Evaluation in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health said, "Millions of people suffer from migraines, and this new device represents a new treatment option for some patients,"
The agency has approved on the basis of trial involving 201 patients who were suffering from moderate to strong migraine with aura. The testimony of one hundred and thirteen patients who tried treating their migraines while an attack was in progress had led to the approval of this new device.
The result that was gathered from the users showed that more than a third of people using the stimulator said they were pain free two hours later. This was in comparison to the 17 percent of patients who did not use the device. Nearly 34 percent of device users sais that they were pain free a full day after the onset of migraine.
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