MIGRAINE ISSUES FOR VETS WITH PTSD, TBI, OR MST

Migraines can become a feature of PTSD, TBI or MST almost immediately or can pop up at a later date after the triggering event(s). Doctors have identified over 100 specific types types of migraines. They may come individually or in a variety pak. Currently there are almost no (perhaps none – because we have not found one yet) headache specialists within the VA system. In exceptional cases, the VA will occasionally pay for a referral to a civilian headache specialist. However, these specialists are not likely to be skilled in the specific events that cause Military Related Migraines (MRM). That is: explosions, over-pressure events, or visual and or environmental trauma events.  Recently the VA opened up a new experimental program with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

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VA to Provide Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Military.com Week of December 11, 2017

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced it will offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as a treatment option for a small number of Veterans with persistent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms resistant to standard options. HBOT is a procedure that increases oxygen in the body, under pressure, to encourage healing. This use of HBOT for treatment of PTSD is considered an ‘off-label’ use and will occur under the supervision of a trained physician. The VA Center for Compassionate Innovation (CCI) is also facilitating use of HBOT for a subset of Veterans who have noticed no decrease of symptoms after receiving at least two evidenced-based treatments. For information about VA’s Center for Compassionate Innovation, visit the Center’s website.

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