TMS for Migraines in San Diego

Migraine affects millions of people in the US and around the world, and is about 3 times more common in women than in men.

What is the Cause of Migraines

The exact cause of migraines remains a mystery, though it’s believed that they stem from various factors combined:

  • Abnormal Brain Activity: This disrupts normal communication between nerve cells.
  • Hormonal Fluctuations: Particularly in women, migraines can coincide with menstrual cycles due to changes in hormone levels.
  • Emotional Triggers: Feelings of depression, anxiety, stress, excitement, or shock might initiate a migraine.

Identifying Migraine Symptoms

Migraines typically manifest as intense throbbing or pulsing pain, usually on one side of the head. Commonly, migraines bring along nausea, vomiting, and an acute sensitivity to light and sound, severely disrupting daily life and activities.

A phenomenon known as an ‘aura’ might precede the actual migraine in some individuals, signaling its onset with visual disturbances (like flashes of light or blind spots), tingling sensations on one side of the body, or speech difficulties.

TMS Therapy for Migraines

Traditional migraine management focuses on reactive measures such as medications, injections, and self-care practices. However, these treatments often address the symptoms rather than preventing their occurrence. An innovative approach to migraine treatment is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), which offers a proactive strategy in managing and potentially reducing the frequency of migraines.

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What is TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and How Does It Work?

  • Mechanism: For migraine, TMS therapy is used to target the cortical areas of the brain associated with pain processing. By delivering magnetic pulses to these areas, TMS can help in modulating the neural activity, potentially leading to a reduction in migraine frequency and severity.
  • Efficacy: Clinical studies have shown that TMS therapy can effectively reduce the number of migraine days for patients, especially those who experience aura with their migraines. It’s considered a safe and effective prophylactic treatment, meaning it can prevent or reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.

What to Expect From TMS Treatment at Pacific Health San Diego

During your initial consultation at Pacific Health Systems, we’ll take a complete medical history, evaluate and assess your condition, and explain how TMS works. Advanced TMS Clinic, Inc. is covered by many insurance plans, so we’ll also take this time to discuss your coverage and answer any questions you may have.

All TMS sessions take place in our office and require between 20 and 40 minutes.

When you come in for your treatment, we’ll help you get comfortable in a reclining chair and place a small electromagnetic coil lightly on your head. We’ll administer the magnetic pulses by way of a computer program that will help us target specific areas of your brain and stimulate the nerve cells there. The procedure is painless, non-invasive, completely drug-free, and has no side-effects, which means you can return to your everyday activities right away.

TMS treatment requires a time commitment of 5 sessions per week for 4 to 6 weeks. Some patients begin to experience positive mood changes even after just a few sessions. In order to maximize the effectiveness, however, it’s important to complete the full course of treatment as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

Available on request for those wanting rapid relief from Major Depression is Ketamine both IV and the inhaler Spravato, an FDA approved treatment for MDD for those who have failed other treatments.

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