Ok I'm not a Trekkie so I've probably committed some terrible cardinal sin - though I did love the film adaption and am very much looking forward to the sequel; especially as it will star Sherlock Holmes!
Anyway, the point is yesterday the papers were filled with a Star Trek looking device (below left) that could, potentially, 'beam' away migraines
|See the similarity!|
|Yes, you may look like a prat but if it works...|
It's called CEFALY and apparently uses TENS technology, as in a TENS unit! Remember those TENS units I'm always banging on about and you may see me wearing and mistake for my I-pod ear phones? i.e It sends a tiny electrical stimulation to certain nerves believed to be involved in the migraine process. Yesterday results of a small study in Belgium were released that looked at the efficacy, and safety, of the device which are explained wonderfully by Teri Roberts over at Health Central. In summary, it does sound promising but the study was incredibly small - but side effects seem to be non-existant and the results similar to daily preventatives. I say, let's keep an excited eye on this one.
All kind of clever gadgets and gismos are popping up at the moment. Indeed I even signed up for a trial that puts a gismo up your nose at the first sign of a migraine - but for various reasons I've not been able to take part, partly because you have to get to the hospital where the trial is taking part within 2 hours of the migraine starting. But I'll be really curious to see the results. Just last week I had a go with the Spring TMS device, several of my migraine buddies have found it to be life saving.
Below is a video talking about another implant, stimulation device which sufferers 'turn' on with a hand held, remote control switch. Just to warn you this is a hilarious spoof video....to cheer you all up on a Friday!
Personally, I think it's great that all theses gadgets and devices are being created. Less side effects (hopefully) and it means technology companies investing more money into the migraine market. However, don't try any without first talking to your Doctor! Doh! The way we're thinking about, and treating, migraines does seem to be changing. To infinity and beyond...as Buzz Light Year would say...um...