Should All Headache and Migraine Patients Be Evaluated With Diagnostic Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks

Diagnosis of various types of headaches and migraines can be very difficult and misdiagnosis is common.  It is well known that almost 100% of all headaches are Trigeminal Nerve Innervated and that there  is often a large autonomic component. Sphenopalatine Ganglion (Pterygopalatine Ganglion, SPG)) Blocks are one of the safest approaches to treatment and also one of the most effective. …

RELASPEN: A New Option For Self Administration of Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Blocks

AA COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY NOT A REPLACEMENT THERAPY:  Definitely exciting new product. A previous article discussed the best nasal catheters for prevention and treatment of migraines.  Self-Administration of Sphenopalatine Ganglion with  Cotton-Tipped Catheters offering continuous capillary feed is the Gold Standard for prevention and treatment when possible but for Emergency Treatment Relaspen may be the new Gold Standard.   I teach patient how …

Pterygopalatine Ganglion Block for Treatment of Chronic and Episodic Chronic Headache, Severe Headache, Tension Headache, Migraine, Cluster Headache, Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalgias

The PterygoPalatine Ganglion is found in the Pterygoid Fossa.  The Pterygopalatine Ganglion is Commonly called the Sphenopalatine Ganglion or SPG. Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks: A Game Changer in the treatment, management and elimination of chronic headaches and migraines. Chronic migraine and severe headaches are common conditions that adversely affect all aspects of Quality of Life (QOL). No available treatments are universally …

SUNCT: Treatment of Trigeminal Nerve and Sphenopalatine Ganglion. SASPGB as Safe Alternative to Gamma Knife.

A recent article “Radiosurgery for Short Unilateral Neuralgiform Headache Attacks with Conjunctival Injection and Tearing (SUNCT) Syndrome: Targeting the Trigeminal Nerve and the Sphenopalatine Ganglion” discusses treatment of SUNCT by utilizing Gamma Knife surgery. The patient in this report had periodical episodes of severe pain in increasing frequency and severity.  While surgery is never a first choice in this case …

CNS Infection from Corona Virus Via Nasal Mucosa over Sphenopalatine Ganglion? Can Intranasal Antibody Prophylaxis be utilized?

Nasal Application of Serum Antibodies May Slow Infection Rates and spread in victims.  Can patients self-administer SPG Blocks to decrease sympathetic overload and stress reactions while simultaneously delivering serum antibodies for Covid 19 protection? The following article is reprinted from Sleep and Health Journal.   Covid 19 is caused by “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2) which is an …

Rage Reactions can be Treated and Controlled by Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks

An article in Arch Phys Med Rehab discusses the role of Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Blocks in treating Rage Reactions. The article (abstract below) “Sphenopalatine (nasal) ganglion: remote effects including “psychosomatic” symptoms, rage reaction, pain, and spasm” points out additional uses for Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks. Self -Administered SPG Blocks (SASPGB) are frequently utilized for many wide and diverse types of pain …

Self-Administered Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Block for Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome in Leg

Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Blocks have been used for relief of Chronic Daily Headaches, Migraines, Cluster Headaches and other Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalgias as well as for TMD disorders.  Recent research shows effectiveness in the obstetric world for post Dural Puncture Headache and associated back ache. This abstract is important because it shows the effectiveness of the SPG for Chronic Region Pain …

Nasal Ganglion Blocks or SPG Blocks for Sinus Pain and other Orofacial Pain Secondary to Cancer, Surgery or other causes.

NASAL Ganglion:  “Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks in the Management of Head and Neck Cancer-Related Pain” This new article (abstract below) discusses the utility of Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks (aka Pterygopalatine Ganglion Blocks, SPG Blocks) in painful and debilitating pain related to cancer.  This type of pain is often medication resistant.  A second article (abstract below) shows relief of post surgical pain to …

Why Sphenopalatine Ganglion Blocks are Effective for Eye Pain.

The Trigeminal nerve supplies sensory innervation to the cornea.  The Trigeminal nerves are accompanied by parasympathetic and sympathetic nerves from the pterygopalatine or sphenopalatine ganglion.  This is a discussion of a newly found connection. This is an interesting abstract I recently found that helps explain why SPG Blocks are effective for eye pain: Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2011 Jan-Feb;25(1):50-3. doi: …

Diagnostic Blocks to Evaluate and Treat Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN)

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) has been called the suicide disease . Tic douloureux has been called classical Trigeminal Neuralgia and is associated with a trigger spot that can elicit severe pain.  Sometimes the slightest touch or breeze can set off severe volleys of excruciating pain. Diagnostic Blocks can often give amazing pain relief results and isolate a more specific diagnosis and …