Transcript for The cutting-edge treatments for migraines
Now to our series the migraine mystery and look at cutting-edge treatment to stop migraine attacks right from the acupuncture and essential are two home remedies to help relieve symptoms of migraines and now new technology is offering a different approach. It really has been a life changer for me. Otherwise, I don't know what I would be doing or where I would be at this moment. Reporter: Jessica Berman started having migraines in 2011. Having a migraine is like getting hit by a truck. It truly affects almost my everyday life. We have a lot of new treatments in the migraine space which is so exciting. Reporter: While medication is an option for some Jessica wanted to explore alternative treatments like the single pulse trance cranial magnetic stimulation. It's one of a couple devices we have. There are no side effects so the devices are really good options in patients who don't want to take medication. Reporter: The stms releases mini charges that some data suggests cause chemical changes and help in pain relief. I use four pulses in the morning. Four puss at night. It's really easy. I just push the button. Wait are it to charge and put it to the back of my head and go. This devise is unique because it's portable. When you have an attack it's there for you to use. You don't have to go to an office. You have it right there on hand. Reporter: While treatment is different for everyone, this new Yorker has found her fix. I didn't want it to affect my relationships with my friends, with my family and it's been something that really has just changed my life in a good way. And Dr. Jen joins us along with three women who suffer from migraines using some technology for relief. Pauline, you're using gammacore. The technology that's an option for this chronic neurologic disease. This particular one stimulates the vagus nerve. People with certain types of pre-existing heart conditions can't use it but go ahead and give us a little demo. Yeah, you just put it on the side of your neck and you -- it's a two-minute treatment. What happens? It actually helps stimulate the nervous system so it's much better and it's been life changing for me. It really has been. Acute treatment. It's great. Nice. We have Katie right here, welcome. Good to see you using cefaly. This works on the trigeminal nerve. Some insurances do cover it but this can be used both acute treatment and preventative. And? I love it. I've been getting migraines since I was a little kid. This is one of the only treatments that's ever really worked. How long does -- what happens when you put it on. You put it on your forehead. There is an acute setting and preventative setting. I use the preventative one. You push a button twice and feels like someone is putting their fingers through their hair. I have recommended this to some with chronic migraine and has helped them. Everything is going to be variable on an individual basis but interesting technology. Glad it works for you. Now we're meeting Krystyna. Good to see you. This is called nerivio. Also nerve stimulation, peripheral nerves then stimulates our body's pain relief system so you want to show us that. Again, just there on the arm so you can access it easily. And you pit it on when you feel the migraine coming on or Within 60 minutes of migraine onset. And what happens? It feels like a buzzing sensation. Can you adjust the intensity with a smartphone application but it's wonderful. I use it for 45 minutes and then I'm good to go. Wow, so this is great. Three people here, works for all of them. How does someone know what's the best way to go about it whether technology, medication? That's the hard thing, George. There had a whole new class of medications that there's a lot of excitement about called cgrp inhibitors whether technology, whether it's medication, whether it's lifestyle change, again, this is a chronic and can be a debilitating nor lodgesic condition. So it's about finding what works for you but there's a lot of excitement about technology as an option for people who maybe don't want to take a medication or can't take a medication. Can't take and with all of these people if you feel it coming on you can get ahead of it. Well, yeah, some of them can be preventative and some can be an acute treatment so I think we'll see more and more of this in the future. We'll be back in just a minute.
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