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The Blog of Dr. Ann Conn



Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for Chronic Pain Treatment

10/17/2013 1:10 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is low current brain stimulation.  Many applications are currently under investigation, including treatment of chronic pain.  Zachary Leuschner MD of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, presented information at the 2013 meeting of the American Pain …


Only 416 Board Certified Headache Specialist in US

7/11/2013 9:58 am
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

At the International Headache Congress in Boston last month, Noah Rosen MD presented a study regarding access to Headache Specialist.  The United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties lists 416 Board Certified Physicians.  This represents a significant shortage.  Our neighbor Mississippi has …


Portable Vagus Nerve Stimulator for Migraine

6/11/2013 1:45 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

Portable Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) may be helpful to stop migraine.  A small study of 30 patients was presented at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting 2013 in San Diego that revealed noninvasive VNS can be effective for rescue …


Migraine, Depression & Brain Size

5/29/2013 11:54 am
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

Patients that suffer with both depression and migraine may have smaller brains.  It has been shown that patients with migraine have an increase incidence of depression.  A new study published by Larus S. Gudmundsson, PhD, revealed that patients with both depression …


Trigeminal & Occipital Stimulation for Migraine

5/13/2013 9:19 am
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

At out Northshore clinic, we have been treatment an increasing number of patients with trigeminal and occipital neurostimulation.  We have seen significant success with these procedures.  Below in a seminal article on Neurostimulation for migraine.  I fully evaluate, diagnose and …


Portable TMS for Migraine Treatment

5/2/2013 8:08 am
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a potential new treatment for migraine.  TMS is approved and a portable device is available in Europe.  This therapy is to stop a migraine in patients that have migraine with visual changes or aura.  The …


Our Personal Experience with Cefaly

3/12/2013 1:20 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

We are excited to have a new migraine prevention treatment to offer.  Several of our patients have been using Cefaly for external trigeminal nerve stimulation.  The initial reaction from patients has been positive.  The stimulation is not experienced as painful. …


Cervicogenic Headache (Neck Problems Causing Headache)

3/6/2013 2:04 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

With Cervicogenic Headache,  head and neck movement increase headache.  Problems with the facet joints of the upper neck are often associated with this type of pain.  These facet joints commonly develop arthritis.  The upper three joints are associated with the …


Nerve Stimulation of Face & Migraine Prevention

2/26/2013 2:12 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

  This device, applied to the forehead for 20 min per day for 3 months, reduced headache by 50%!!!  An article published in the February 19,2013 issue of  Neurology presents the study.  The device, named Cefaly, is currently available through several …


Migraines, Opioids & Butalbital

2/25/2013 12:00 pm
Posted by Dr. Ann Conn

A recent article in Neurology Today discussed treatment and tests that are over utilized and minimally effective.  The US is the only country in which butalbital is approved for headache treatment.  The medication is minimally helpful and can worsen headache.  Bultalbital slows thinking and …