This new article in Cranio (abstract below) discusses use of SPG Blocks in treating Facial Pain of Nasal Origin. I teach patients to self administer these block for many types of headache and facial pain.
This specific case was due to a nasal contact headache where the nasal turbinate is touching the septum.
Another approach is to grow the underdeveloped maxilla to open up airway, decrease sinus pain and infections while improving breathing.
This video is a patient who has used SPG Blocks in the past but is now making permanent changes in her nasal airway to improve health including TMJ disorder with the DNA Appliance and Epigenetic orthopedics/ orthodontics.
Cranio. 2018 Jun 8:1-3. doi: 10.1080/08869634.2018.1475859. [Epub ahead of print]
Efficacy of sphenopalatine ganglion block in nasal mucosal headache presenting as facial pain.
Lee SH1, Kim Y1, Lim TY1.
Background When intranasal contact points are the cause of headache and facial pain, opinions regarding whether to remove intranasal contact points when they are believed to be the cause of headache and facial pain are divided. Clinical Presentation A 46-year-old woman visited the authors’ pain clinic with complaints of right nasal pain accompanied by frontotemporal headache. She first met an Otorhinolaryngologist and a neurologist. Based on nasal endoscopy and pain pattern, they presumed that her pain was a nasal mucosal headache rather than migraine. A mild septal deviation to the right side with bony spur near the inferior turbinate was observed. The use of medication provided very insufficient relief. However, the sphenopalatine ganglion (SPG) block provided excellent pain relief, and the effect lasted for six months. Conclusion Considering the mechanism of pain in intranasal contact point headache, (SPG) block is a potentially effective therapeutic tool.
Sphenopalatine ganglion block; facial pain; nasal mucosal headache; trigeminal afferent nerves