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.
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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