Migraines differ from typical headaches in their severity, specific symptoms, and tendency to recur. Attacks often involve throbbing pain on one side of the head as well as sensitivity to light, noise, and odors. Nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances can occur during what’s known as the aura phase preceding head pain. Migraine episodes can last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours.
While migraines sometimes run in families, the underlying causes remain unclear. Nerve pathways and brain chemicals like serotonin appear involved. Migraines may originate from abnormal brain activity and hyper-excitable nerve cells. Environmental triggers also play a role for susceptible individuals.
When migraines occur frequently, they can be extremely disabling and greatly diminish quality of life. Those with chronic migraines experience symptoms on at least 15 days per month. Preventing and reducing migraine attacks is the primary treatment goal.
For many migraine patients, medications provide incomplete relief. Preventative drugs like antidepressants and anticonvulsants have side effects and variable success in reducing migraine frequency. Abortive medications to stop acute attacks also cause side effects and can lead to medication overuse headaches if taken too often.
Non-drug approaches like acupuncture, stress management, and trigger avoidance likewise have limited effectiveness for those with severe, frequent migraines. When migraines remain uncontrolled, patients may resort to surgical interventions like neurostimulation devices. However, these invasive procedures continue to be considered experimental.
Clearly better solutions are needed for those who suffer from debilitating chronic migraines refractory to currently available treatments. Emerging research indicates that stem cell therapy could fill this need and provide lasting relief.
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from human umbilical cord tissue have particular therapeutic value. They act as “drugstores” producing anti-inflammatory and tissue repair factors. MSCs also home to sites of damage and inflammation where they can dampen immune over-activity.
In migraine, stem cells are thought to provide benefit through:
Early-stage studies show encouraging outcomes using stem cell therapy for severe, chronic migraine headaches.
In one study, patients received an intravenous infusion of stem cells derived from their own fat tissue. Most experienced substantial improvements in migraine frequency, severity, and use of abortive medications lasting over a year.
Another trial administered stem cells from donated umbilical cord tissue into neck and shoulder muscles. Patients’ migraine disability scores significantly decreased three months after stem cell injections.
While larger controlled studies are still needed, these initial results suggest stem cells may succeed where other migraine treatments fail. Stem cell therapy appears both safe and well-tolerated based on clinical experience to date.
The Stem Cell Medical Center provides patients access to leading stem cell therapies by using our state-of-the-art facilities with extensive expertise in employing stem cells to reduce inflammation and promote tissue regeneration.
For migraine treatment, the Center expertly prepares high-potency mesenchymal stem cells from umbilical cord tissue. Rigorous laboratory protocols ensure product safety, identity, purity, and potency. Cells are then administered via intravenous infusion in an outpatient procedure to disseminate stem cells throughout the body. Patients are carefully monitored during and after the infusion.
The Center’s exemplary care also includes individualized treatment plans and integrated follow-up. Patients stay at the nearby luxury beachfront resort during their treatment visit for added comfort and relaxation.
While not currently available in the United States, the Stem Cell Medical Center provides access to leading-edge stem cell migraine treatment outside the country. Patients from across the globe come to the Center for its acclaimed expertise in innovative stem cell therapies.
For those afflicted with chronic migraines unresponsive to medications and other standard treatments, stem cell therapy now offers new hope. The Stem Cell Medical Center blends clinical excellence, advanced laboratory analysis, and a focus on improving patient well-being to deliver cutting-edge stem cell therapies.
Stem cell treatment aims to leverage your body’s own healing abilities to provide lasting relief. If you or a loved one suffer from uncontrolled migraines, explore how stem cell therapy could help you reclaim your quality of life. Contact the Center today to learn more and take the first step towards finding effective solutions.
Contact us and schedule a consultation to see if you may benefit from regenerative treatments. Stem cell therapy could alleviate your pain and help you regain mobility.