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HEALTH NEWS: New migraine treatment with no pills

Updated: Wednesday, December 18 2013, 06:53 PM CST
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Millions of people suffer with migraines every year.
While there's no known cure for it -- the FDA has approved a new drug-free treatment.

"How much caffeine are you drinking in a day?"
She's had migraines since she was a child.
Christine Oinenen Ehren says they steal her hours, her days.

"It's like your senses get turned up to like 11 and suddenly I can't stand the smell of the shampoo in my hair."

While medication works most of the time, she's interested in a new device, the very first just approved by the FDA for treatment of migraines with auras.

It's called the Cerena Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator. 
This is video of the second generation of the device sold in Europe.

"I think it's exciting because it's very, very safe and it gives us a non medication alternative."

Doctor Bret Haake is a Neurologist with Health Partners.
"A lot of headache disorders are actually worsened by over-using medications and so anything  we can to do to get people to use less medications for their headaches tend to be better."

How does it work?
Held against the back of the skull, the device sends a pulse of magnetic energy through the skull into the Occipital Cortex of the brain.

"The theory is by changing the electric field in the nerve cells in the brain that it can change the chemical balance and the way the nerve cells are communicating with each other and that can tilt the balance and make the headache go away."

It's migraine relief without medication. 
"It would be great to have anything that would salvage me more time."

Right now the company is still not sure when the device will be available in the United States. 
   
And you'll only be able to get it with a prescription.

HEALTH NEWS: New migraine treatment with no pills
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