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Occipital Nerve Stimulation versus Peripheral Nerve Stimulation by Banner Patient ExpertFacebook Posted Thu 31 Jan 2013 12:00am I apologize for not posting on this blog much anymore.  I have been spending most of my time on the Occipital and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation group on Facebook .  We now have almost 250 members, most of them very active and willing to help others.  To me that is a more valuable resource since there are multiple opinions and experiences ... Read on »
Occipital Nerve Stimulation versus Peripheral Nerve Stimulation by Banner Patient ExpertFacebook Posted Thu 31 Jan 2013 3:00pm I apologize for not posting on this blog much anymore.  I have been spending most of my time on the Occipital and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation group on Facebook .  We now have almost 250 members, most of them very active and willing to help others.  To me that is a more valuable resource since there are multiple opinions and experiences provi ... Read on »
What IS an Occipital Nerve Stimulator? by Banner Patient ExpertFacebook Posted Wed 10 Jun 2009 12:17am I guess I haven't given a very good explanation of what an occipital nerve stimulator is. I'm going to try to do that, but pictures are worth a thousand words, or so they say, so I'm going to put a few pictures with this too for all you visual learners. The word "occipital" refers to a nerve in your head. It controls sensation in the scalp ... Read on »
Study of Occipital Nerve Stimulation by Dr. Alexander Mauskop Medical Doctor Posted Tue 13 Feb 2007 12:00am Medtronic Begins Study of Occipital Nerve Stimulation for Chronic, Refractory Migraine Headaches; Implanted Device Delivers Electrical Impulses to Occipital Nerves. Medtronic Begins Study of Occipital Nerve Stimulation for Chronic, Refractory Migraine Headaches; Implanted Device Delivers Electrical Impulses to Occipital Nerves Medtron ... Read on »
Choosing Occipital Nerve Stimulation by Banner Patient ExpertFacebook Posted Wed 10 Jun 2009 12:17am Before going to Dr. Suwan, I had never heard of occipital nerve stimulation. I knew my pain was in my nerves, that no medications could help it, and that the only relief I got was from nerve blocks. But the nerve blocks would only last a week, so that wasn't a solution to my pain, especially since I lived in Wyoming, and Dr. Suwan, the only one I ... Read on »
Why Occipital Nerve Stimulation? by Banner Patient ExpertFacebook Posted Wed 10 Jun 2009 12:17am I've gotten some fairly negative reactions from people when I describe the procedure I've decided to undergo. They act like I'm insane for allowing someone to put wires in my body, along with an implanted battery that will leave a big scar, and still have to be replaced down the road. But these are the people that don't seem to understand the pa ... Read on »
Occipital Nerve Stimulation for Migraines by Banner Patient ExpertFacebook Posted Wed 27 May 2009 11:30am After struggling with headaches for 13 years and trying everything out there, I got an occiptial nerve stimulator implanted to treat my headaches.  It's a miracle.  I have my life back!  Occipital nerve stimulation is not common for treating headaches (yet) and I had a hard time finding info on it.  So I started a blog about it to help educate ... Read on »
Occipital nerve block for an acute migraine by Dr. Alexander Mauskop Medical Doctor Posted Sun 30 May 2010 8:49pm Occipital nerve blocks can stop a migraine attack when other treatments fail.  This is a relatively simple procedure (although not many physicians are trained in it), and it consists of an injection of lidocaine or a similar local anesthetic drug into an area at the back of the head on one or both sides.  There are two branches of the nerve - g ... Read on »
Occipital nerve stimulation for migraines by Dr. Alexander Mauskop Medical Doctor Posted Sun 09 Nov 2008 12:00am Refractory migraines may respond to occipital nerve stimulation, according to Dr. Joel Saper who led a multicenter trial of this treatment.  An electrode was surgically implanted in the back of the head, where the occipital nerve is located, and a pacemaker-size device was implanted under the skin.  The trial looked at 110 patients who ha ... Read on »
Occipital nerve stimulation is ineffective by Dr. Alexander Mauskop Medical Doctor Posted Fri 19 Oct 2012 10:04pm Occipital nerve stimulation (ONS) has been reported to relieve refractory (difficult to treat) migraine headaches. Results of a clinical trial of ONS for patients with refractory migraine was just published in the journal Cephalalgia. This study was sponsored by St. Jude Medical, company that manufactures occipital nerve stimulators. This was a l ... Read on »