Breakthrough for migraine sufferers


GUYS, BACK TO YOU.>>ALL RIGHT, JENNIFER, THANK YOU.>>>NOW TO A HEALTH ALERT. THERE’S A NEW PROCEDURE THAT CAN ACTUALLY TRICK YOUR BRAIN, THEY SAY, INTO STOPPING ALL THE MIGRAINE PAIN.>>HERE’S HEALTH REPORTER HALEY HERNANDEZ WITH HOW IT WORKS.>>Reporter: THIS IS A SURGICAL PROCEDURE AND THIS IS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE CHRONIC MIGRAINES. THE WOMAN I SPEAK TO SAID HERS WERE ALMOST DAILY AND SHE WAS SKEPTICAL ANYTHING WOULD WORK, BUT DESPERATE FOR A CURE. NATASHA DAVIS SAYS SHE’S HAD MIGRAINES SINCE SHE WAS 5.>>PROBABLY LIKE THE TOWERS FEELING IN THE WORLD IN YOUR HEAD. YOU HAVE THIS PRESSURE. YOU HAVE THIS STABBING PAIN.>>Reporter: ONCE SHE BECAME A MOTHER, SHE WAS DESPERATE TO TRY ANYTHING. SO SHE COULD HAVE MORE QUALITY TIME WITH HER BABIES. BUT MEDICATIONS, DIET, BOTOX, NOTHING WORKED.>>MEDICAL TRIAL FOR ALL THESE DIFFERENT KINDS OF MEDICINES THAT THEY HAVE FOUND KIND OF HELPED PEOPLE WITH MIGRAINES.>>Reporter: THAT’S WHEN DR. CHAPMAN SUGGESTED A UNIQUE ALTERNATIVE CALLED THE OMEGA PROCEDURE.>>FISHING LINE THAT’S PLACED JUST UNDERNEATH THE SKIN’S SCWRS OVER THE NERVES — SURFACE OVER THE NERVES AND THEN THE PATIENT CONTROLS THE DEVICE WITH A SMALL REMOTE.>>OH. I CAN FEEL.>>Reporter: THE WIRES UNDER HER SKIN CAN BE FELT ON HER FOREHEAD EMITTING VIBRATIONS. SHE SAYS SHE CAN USE THE REMOTE TO TURN THEM UP OR DOWN. DR. CHAPMAN SAYS THIS TRICKS HER NERVES SO HER BRAIN FEELS A DIFFERENT SENSATION, ELIMINATING THE PAIN.>>IT’S JUST MOVING. IT JUST VIBRATES A LITTLE BIT.>>Reporter: HOUSTON IS ONLY ONE OF FIVE CITIES IN THE COUNTRY WHERE THIS PROCEDURE IS AVAILABLE. THE DOCTOR SAYS PATIENTS IN COME FOR A TRIAL BEFORE IMPLANTING THE REAL THING.>>I PUT THESE TEMPORARY LEADS IN UNDERNEATH THE SKIN, OVER THE NERVES, IN THE FRONT AND THE BACK. AND THEN WE SEND THE PATIENT HOME.>>Reporter: NATASHA HAD THEM SURGICALLY IMPLANTED LAST JUNE AND SAYS IT’S GIVEN HER A FRESH START ON LIFE.>>ONLY HAD 13, WHICH SOME PEOPLE ARE LIKE, 13, THAT’S A BIG NONE. SO THAT’S WAY BETTER THAN WHAT IT WAS BEFORE WHERE EVERY DAY I WANTED TO STAY IN BED.>>IT’S AMAZING!>>Reporter: AND ALSO WHAT’S EQUALLY AMAZING IS THAT THE DOCTOR SAYS MOST INSURANCE PROVIDERS COVER THE COSTS, SO PATIENTS ONLY HAVE A CO-PAY. AND WE SAW IN THE PIECE, THIS IS ALL CONTROLLED BY A REMOTE. SO YOU COULD TURN THE DEVICE OFF AND THEN YOU WOULD KNOW IF YOUR MIGRAINES PERMANENTLY GO AWAY AND HE SAYS HE CAN REMOVE THE DEVICE ALTOGETHER.>>AMAZING.>>MADGE BEING HARD WIRED FOR PAIN RELIEF.

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