NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – A new wearable device aims to harness the power of distraction to help migraine sufferers.
His name is Nerivio. The device works by stimulating nerves in the arm, essentially interrupting migraine pain signals. Carol Gosset says she was skeptical at first.
“I was in the middle of a real migraine… I was willing to try anything,” Gossett said.
Gossett said she tried out the device, wearing it for the prescribed 45 minutes and controlling the intensity of the device via her smartphone.
“(It’s like) little needles stinging, getting harder and harder. I was amazed when, the moment I got home, I sat down on the sofa and realized that I didn’t even have a headache,” Gossett said. “I didn’t even realize I didn’t have a headache until I got home.”
Headache specialist Dr. Damita Bryant said the device is another tool for migraine patients. This is especially for those who have trouble finding the right medication or are dealing with side effects from medications.
“What they find is that it shortens their headache cycle,” Bryant said.
For Carol, it’s freedom.
“It’s a safety net for me. I know I can do it and I will feel better.
Nerivio is FDA approved and only available by prescription. However, it can be used for people aged 12 and over. It may also be covered by insurance.
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