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Tension, lifestyle, illness – they can all be triggers for headache. According to the national headache foundation, over 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches and of these, 28 million suffer from migraines. On Health Link we examine what causes that pain in your head, how to get relief and when you need to see a doctor. Plus, take a look at a new innovative treatment showing promise for migraines that’s being studied right here in the Capital Region.

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Richard Jackson, MD 

Dr. Richard Jackson is a Neurologist at Ellis' Neuroscience Center

Kenneth Mandato, MD

Dr. Kenneth Mandato is a vascular and interventional radiologist at Albany Medical Center and Community Care Physicians. Dr. Mandato is the lead researcher on a study of a new treatment showing promise for Migraines. A procedure that delivers the anesthetic lidocaine (Xylocaine) directly to nerves in the back of the nasal cavity appears to offer significant relief to migraine sufferers. Early findings suggest that a single outpatient treatment can reduce migraine pain levels by about 35 percent for up to a month after the procedure, according to this small, ongoing study:

Roberta Dercole

Roberta Dercole has suffered from migraines since 1980. Since February 2015, Roberta has been treated with botox and has found relief from migraine pain.

Maria Douglas

Maria Douglas’ headaches started in her 20s. She tried lots of different medications, physical therapy and heat therapy, nothing worked well until she had a procedure that delivers anesthetic lidocaine (Xylocaine) directly to nerves in the back of the nasal cavity.


American Headache Society

American Academy of Neurology


Migraine Research Foundation

National Headache Foundation

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Organization for Understanding Cluster Headaches


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