SPG Block for Headaches and Migraines: Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks help Orofacial Pain Treatment and Differential Diagnosis

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SPG Block for frequent Migraines Or Headaches

spg-block-headaches-migraines-chicagoIf you’re someone who suffers from frequent headaches or migraines then you know how debilitating this can be. Sometimes the pain can be so intense that it makes it hard for you to perform your everyday activities, making it so that you’re always looking for the best cure or treatment that will help alleviate the pain. The majority of people who suffer from frequent headaches and/or migraines don’t tend to look for a solution until they feel one coming on, and by then it’s usually too late.

Now there’s a remedy available when it comes to the effective treatment of headaches and migraines. Its official name is Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block, or SPG for short, and it is uses a simple numbing agent but can give astounding results. that’s been proven to block the intense autonomic pain that often comes with a cluster headache or migraine. 

Stop Headaches Before They Start:  A simple way to stop pain early.

Now the option to stop the pain associated with headaches and migraines is available. The SPG Block is a minimally invasive procedure that requires a local anesthetic on a cotton tipped applicatoer (no needles) be used in order to stop the headaches and migraines before they can start. This is considered to the one of the best treatments that are available today that can help you avoid those headaches and migraines that can prove to be so debilitating.

The cotton-tipped applicator technique is taught to my patients for self-administration, There is also an intraoral approach injection approach and a external approach for injections.

How The SPG Block Works:

The SPG Block works when a local anesthetic and medication is used that helps to block the underlying causes of the intense pain that’s caused by a headache or migraine. The entire process only takes about 5 minutes to complete, and requires a specially designed cotton tipped catheter to be gently inserted inside your nose so that you can be given a local anesthetic that will help to block the pain. The relief is often instant and lasts for many hours or even days.

Because the SPG Block works so well, those who have already undergone the procedure tend to come back to have it done again. There are even some people who are able to learn how to use an SPG Block on their own, this includes those who are looking to avoid any more painful migraines or headaches altogether.

Learn more about SPG Blocks on www.SphenopalatineGanglionBlocks.com

Find Out If It Could Help You

Patient Testimonials with SPG Blocks:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5ERlVdJLdtllxAN1QwD7JU7Qo_ISoqvt

If you’re interested in learning more about how the highly effective SPG Block can work for you, we invite you to contact us today. We can help you determine if this particular treatment is going to be a good choice for you.  

Comments 8

  1. I’ve been dealing with a feeling of pressure isolated to the left side of my face near my nose/sinus cavity and 1-2 numb teeth that are directly below that area. I had a whiplash/concussion injury one year ago and that is when these symptoms started. I’ve seen ENTs (had 2 sinus surgeries that seemingly helped a little bit) and a neurologist that just wanted to keep giving me anti-seizure medication that makes me feel like a zombie. He diagnosed me with atypical trigeminal neuralgia. I’ve read in some studies that this block has helped people with trigeminal neuralgia. I am based in Indianapolis, IN but would be willing to make a trip to Chicago if this might actually help relieve the pressure feeling I have in my face once and for all.

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    I would strongly suggest moving forward with a ndiagnostic physiologic orthotic. Atypical neuralgia is a garbage diagnosis in most cases. It means pain from trigeminal nerve but does not reveal underlying causes. The trigeminal nerve can give you all of the symptoms you have mentioned but medication and sinus surgery is probably not the best approach.
    I would suggest getting a diagnostic physiologic ortthotic, and possible trigger point injections and or SPG Block. Most patient see rapid relief often during consult visit alone. Please view some of the patient videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk9Bfz6pklC7_UluWFHzLrg
    You may also find http://www.IHateHeadaches.org helpful.

  3. I have TMJ and my ears have been blocked since June 2014. I’ve seen more thant 6 ENTs. None have helped. I would be willing to travel to Chicago if the SPG block will relieve the noise in my right ear and the blockage in both ears. Please advise

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  5. Hey there,
    I have TMJ, working on improving forward head posture and a bad Class II Malocclusion. I have tried many conservative treatments for my TMJ with minimal success. My main issues are not pain but stiffness, tightness in jaw muscles, lots of tightness in my neck. My oral surgeon believes correcting my severe overbite will help resolve many of my issues along with braces and some implants where I have some missing teeth. I am set for orthognatic surgery in 2.5 weeks along with getting braces and eventually implants. I just want an opinion from someone that they believe a really bad bite, missing teeth (molars and others) could cause this stiffness I have. I had an MRI and both discs are dislocated with internal derangement. I have no pain again just clicking, lots of tightness in jaw muscles. If after surgery, braces, and implants I still have this tightness would the SPG block possibly help? I was told botox is an option also in the jaw muscles.
    Just looking to make myself feel better about this surgery and braces and multiple implants I am hoping at least eases some discomfort. I am a constant clentcher and grinder I wear a night guard 24 hours a day but was told the bad misalignment of my jaw could be contributing to the grinding
    I live in NC but would be willing to make the trip to try the block if you think I would benefit. I don’t get many headaches, mostly sinus type of issues and face pressure tight face muscles.
    thank you so much!

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    Brandi,
    Surgery is never a first line approach to treatment.

    I don’t know what conservative measures you have utilized to treat either your TM Joints of Myofascial issues. I oftn have long distnce patients come to the Chicago area for evaluation and/or treatment.

    I normally recommend correcting the issues though use of a 24 hour orthotic prior to doing surgery. If the problems become worse instead of better surgical intervention is not reversible.

    You state the discs are dislocated with internal derangement and that you have clicking. If your click is reciprical it may be possible to correct internal derangement and clicking with surgery.

    I normally suggest a 24/7 orthotic as the first step. If you procede with surgery you can”try out” the position.

    I have seen many patients with post surgical issues over the years.

    Please view my patient testimonials.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk9Bfz6pklC7_UluWFHzLrg/videos

  7. I suffer from migraines and have for over 10 years now. We have tried so many things and recently the migraines though always almost debilitating are now completely so. I’m a mother of 3 children, a9 year old a 21 month old and a 5 month old and I can’t even be “Mommy”anymore. I finally saw your videos and asked my neurologist if we could try a sphenocath block. Yesterday it broke me out of a 7 day migraine that had two days ago landed me in the ER.
    THIS WAS A GAME CHANGER
    not only was there pain relief but I was ME again…. Happy, carefree, not stressed MOMMY.
    even my 9 year old noticed right away.
    My doctor I told her about the at home treatments and they do not offer those but she encouraged me to reach out and find out how I can get them.
    Please
    How can I get the at home sticks that could allow me to literally have my life back

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    Dear Stephanie,

    I am very happy for you that the Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block broke you cycle of pain. I have been utilizing these blocks for over 30 years. I have been teaching patients to self administer SPG Blocks almost as long.

    My office is in the Chicago area and you can come in to see me and my team and I teach you the technique and practice with you to make sure you can do it at home. This is a link to additional videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5ERlVdJLdtllxAN1QwD7JU7Qo_ISoqvt

    I have had patients who bring their physicians with them to the appointment and I will teach them both injection techniques and how to set up to teach self administration in their practice. There is no additional costs for me to teach either your physican or dentist.

    I am also available to travel and give courses. I usually prefer small groups for courses.

    You can contact my team to set up a visit thru my office website.

    Ira L Shapira DDS, D,ABDSM, D,AAPM, FICCMO

    Past Chair, Alliance of TMD Organizations

    Diplomat, Academy of Integrative Pain Management

    Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine

    Regent & Fellow, International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics

    Board Eligible, American Academy of CranioFacial Pain

    Dental Section Editor, Sleep & Health Journal
    Member Cranio Editorial Board, Journal of Craniomandibular and Sleep Practice
    Member, American Equilibration Society

    Member, Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences
    Member, Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
    Life Member, American Dental Association
    http://www.ThinkBetterLife.com
    http://www.DelanyDentalCare.com
    http://www.NorthShoreSleepDentist.com
    http://www.IHateCPAP.com
    http://www.iHateHeadaches.org
    http://www.SleepandHealth.com
    http://www.SphenopalatineGanglionBlocks.com
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk9Bfz6pklC7_UluWFHzLrg

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