Facial pain, migraines, unexplainable headaches, trauma to the face, neck and head--all of these can leave you feeling like you are not in control of your own body or your life. Many people who experience these same issues often find that their pain is debilitating, interrupting everything they do everyday. No amount of rest, prescription medication or over-the-counter medication seems to work. If you are missing most of your life because of chronic facial, head and/or neck pain, it may be time to try an intranasal sphenopalatine ganglion block. This is a mouthful, to be sure, but the following information will help you understand this treatment, what it is, how it is administered and how it works.
In as little as a few minutes, our headache treatment provides most patients with immediate relief of headache pain with a simple, gentle, comfortable in-office procedure. The revolutionary procedure delivers anesthetic through the nasal cavity, effectively delivering an SPG block for migraine pain without the use of needles, cotton swabs, or harsh meds.
To first understand what the treatment is, you should get a clear definition of it first. Here it is, broken down in simple, non-doctor jargon.
Intranasal: This refers to something between your nasal passages. It may also refer to and include your sinuses.
Sphenopalatine: While this sounds like the name of an ancient Roman dictator, it actually refers to the area deep in your head above the roof of your mouth--thus the "--palat(e)ine" part of the word.
Ganglion: This is the word commonly applied to a bundle of nerves.
Block:A medication which typical blocks biological signals traveling to and from the brain.
Ergo, an SPG Block is a medication that is injected into the area of your head where the bundle of nerves lies behind your sinuses and nasal passages and just above the roof your mouth. In this case, the medication is also injected through your nose.
This medication, as previously stated, is inserted through your nasal passages. A fluoroscope, which is a type of x-ray camera on the end of a thin cable, helps the doctor see up your nose, into your sinuses and past that so that the applicator with the medication can be inserted, guided and injected successfully. All you feel is a lot of tickly sensations until the applicator reaches its mark, and then you will not (or should not) feel anything at all, including the pain you felt before. The scope is then carefully retracted.
This medication blocks the production and transmission of norepinephrine, a chemical produced in the brain to help nerves execute specific tasks, like registering pain. Block the norepinephrine and no pain signals register in the nerves and they are not sent to the brain. If chronic and spontaneous headaches are preventing you from living your life, make an appointment at Synergy Medical Centers today!