Health.com: 13 Surprising Ways to Fight Headache Pain

Electrode Implants

People with intractable headaches may one day rely on electrodes implanted in the neck or brain to provide pain relief.

One such therapy, called occipital nerve stimulation, appears promising in the treatment of cluster headaches and migraines, studies show, although larger studies are needed.

In this treatment, an electrode is surgically implanted at the base of the skull, near the occipital nerve. A power source is also implanted (near the collar bone or elsewhere in the body) to deliver electrical impulses via a wire to the electrode.

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