Migraine sufferers may have a new weapon in the fight against migraine pain. It’s a simple device; a wireless arm patch made up of rubber electrodes and a chip that sends electric impulses to block pain signals from reaching the brain.
When a migraine starts, you can control the intensity of the electric impulses by using a smartphone app.
“You can use skin stimulation at an intensity which is not painful and be able to stop or substantially diminish the development of a migraine attack, as long as you do it early enough in the migraine attack,” said Dr. David Yarnitsky, chair of neurology at Rambam Medical Center, in Haifa, Israel.
There are no side effects, only a tingle in the upper part of the arm.
What’s revolutionary about the device is its wireless capability. Before, when stimulation devices had been tested on migraines, they needed wires and were attached to the head — making the devices extremely cumbersome for patients.
Researchers say a trial with virtually 200 patients is about to start. There is hope that by next year the device will be up for acceptance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The report was published online March 1 in the periodical Neurology .
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