An effective treatment for migraines may also help treat fibromyalgia, preliminary research suggests. During the procedure, a device that stimulates the occipatal nerves was implanted beneath the skin on the back of the neck, and was found to reduce pain scores and significantly improve the quality of life for 20-25 percent of a small number patients. Dr. Mark Plazier, who conducted the treatment, stated that larger trails are necessary. The device is implanted in a brief procedure using general anesthetia and patients did not find the stimulation painful. Additional research is required for this treatment can become a mainstream option for patients with fibromyalgia.
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