Those who have experienced the crippling and painful effects of a migraine are probably fed up with all the pain-relieving medication they have to take.
New research suggests that those suffering from chronic migraines can cure their ailment with one simple cosmetic procedure.
Migraines are the third-most common condition in the world, affecting approximately one in seven people.
People who suffer from intense pulsing or throbbing in their head, flashing lights and blinding spots, and debilitating pain that lasts for several days are usually diagnosed with the illness.
Currently, most people who try to mitigate their symptoms are encouraged to find a calm environment, sleep well, eat wisely, and take pain-relieving medication if their symptoms worsen.
However, those who have suffered with this condition for decades are looking for a cure to never have to endure another day with this illness, and a Turkish study has an answer that's already changed several lives.
Researchers from the SO-EP Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic in Turkey found that hair transplants prevents headaches in people who have suffered from migraines for up to two decades.
They analyzed six patients who suffered from crippling migraines, who ranked their migraine pain from five to eight out of 10.
Just a few weeks after getting a hair transplant, all of the participants took their pain-relieving medication less and less.
"As a result of this study, hair plantation in bald migraine patients may be an alternative to migraine treatment," The Sun reported.
For now it's still unclear exactly how the transplant prevents the illness, but studies suggest that it may be linked to destroying nerve endings in the scalp, which reduces signals that trigger the crippling pain experienced by those who suffer from migraines.
This breakthrough study is inspiring more research into understanding how this could be an effective cure that could change the lives of millions around the world.
As of now, hair transplants are not cheap, and can range from $4,000 to $15,000, which all come out of pocket.
If insurance companies see the surgery less as a cosmetic procedure and more as a medical necessity, men and women who suffer from migraines could be killing two birds with one stone.
[Source: Daily Mail]