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Neurology Headache Clinic

There are many cases for problems with severe migraines that put patients in very miserable conditions – sometimes to the extent of suicide (many reported cases by doctors).

Migraine Treatment

There is some medication available such as Pizotifen, which has been used for vestibular migraines and so on – but the problem with that is, there are many severe symptoms to patients such as hair loss which then adds to the stress of coping with something affecting basic quality of life (even though hair is not an essential life function, it does affect social aspects of human society) – many people end up having neurosurgical procedures to help resolve it, whilst it is not always needed.

Patients reporting hair loss are often recommended to do natural regimes to help cope with hair dropping out, such as described on this article titled “How to Stop Hair Fall Immediately” – via medium.com – covering key areas to handle hair care whilst having migraines and taking drugs like Pizotifen.

As for handling migraines and treating them correctly – there is still no sure way to do this using western medical techniques – however, Daoist Acupuncturist in London, Zelman Ijaz O.M.D (Oriental Medical Doctor) has been treating such conditions successfully where patients have had great results on stopping migraines with just one treatment – “in Daoist medical view, the nerve is misfiring, and just needs correcting, this is done by first diagnosing the reason of the migraine, and then treating it accordingly depending on the patient” says Zelman of Eastern Scholars Clinic.

Treatment methodology by Alternative Clinics

There are many methods of treatment, whilst sometimes it does take a while for doctors to diagnose migraines of various types – it is often that patients are told to try various medications with little or no effect – and it is good to consider looking for alternative treatments.

Treatments done by the Eastern Scholars Clinic in London (using Acupuncture and Moxibustion) are often instant treatment where pain is instantly removed or significantly better for the patients.

There have been cases where patients need more treatments, but this is often dependant on the cause of the migraine, which is often either from long term anxiety, or other stress factors – explained Zelman Ijaz.

 

 

 

Total Facet Arthroplasty – USC First is LA

USC Neurosurgery is the first Los Angeles center to be performing total facet replacements with the Total Facet Arthroplasty System (TFAS). In cooperation with Archus Medical Devices (Redmond, Washington) and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), USC neurosurgeons are implanting the novel device in an Investigational Device Exemption Trial. Patients eligible for the trial have lumbar spinal stenosis unresponsive to nonsurgical, conservative treatment modalities.

The device replaces the facet joints, small synovial joints which are important for spinal motion and stability, but which often overgrow and compress on the nerves in the low back. Traditional surgical treatments involve removal of some of the facet joint and surrounding bone with a common surgical procedure known as a laminectomy. However, the removal of this bone can result in destabilization and collapse of the lumbar spine. For this reason, many surgeons will also perform a spinal fusion after the laminectomy. While the laminectomy and fusion are effective, fusion of the spine can reduce natural motion and may even accelerate degeneration or arthritis of the spine at other neighboring segments of the spine. The TFAS device preserves spinal motion, stabilizing the treated region but potentially preventing the unintended consequences of spinal fusion.

Study investigators Thomas Chen, MD, Charles Y. Liu, MD, PhD and Srinath Samudrala, MD have found the device to be efficacious to date, and the FDA will be reviewing the study outcomes for the next three years.  It is anticipated that the TFAS may become available for general use in the United States in 2019.