Botox for Migraines

By: Dr. Ellen Edgar  -  no responses  -  Conditions, Neurological Blog, Treatments


Woman with migraine

 

In the quest for relief from debilitating migraines, people are willing to try just about anything. People with chronic migraines usually have severe headaches for fifteen or more days per month. This means that their quality of life is significantly affected. The only chance for relief that they have is finding a treatment that works. Botox gained infamy and popularity in the late 1990s as a wrinkle reducer. However, it was not long before researchers figured out about its benefits in the treatment of other conditions. In 2010, the FDA approved it as a treatment option for migraines.

How does Botox treat migraines? 

Botox is an injectable drug that is made from a toxic bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum. Botox treatments for chronic migraines are usually administered once every twelve weeks. During the procedure, a doctor will inject several doses of the medicine at specific points: temples, bridge of your nose, forehead, upper back, and back of the head. The goal of the injections is to reduce migraine symptoms, including sensitivity to sound, light and smell, vomiting, and nausea.

Relief does not happen immediately; it may take 10-14 days for any noticeable improvement to occur. Moreover, some people do not feel any relief after the first set of injections. For such people, additional treatments may be necessary.

How does it work?

It blocks the release of neuro-transmitters, which are linked to causing pain. Botox blocks these signals from reaching your CNS (Central Nervous System) and causing your nerves to be very sensitive. Only a trained professional should administer Botox injections. Make sure that the doctor is trained is giving Botox injections for chronic migraines, not for wrinkles.  The treatment does not take up much of your time – it takes about 15 minutes. Therefore, you can schedule it no matter how busy you are.

Is Botox right for you?    

This is one of the many treatment options for individuals suffering from chronic migraines. A doctor might not recommend Botox injections unless all other treatment options have failed. However, if you do not tolerate migraine medication well, Botox is the way to go. If you do not have the funds for this treatment, check with your insurance provider. Most insurance companies now cover Botox injections that are used to treat migraines. Talk to your provider about the procedure if they do not provide coverage for Botox treatments. Botox for migraines can prevent migraines before they occur; this could make a big difference for chronic migraine sufferers.

Talk to your doctor about Botox

As helpful as this treatment is, it is not right for everyone. If every migraine treatment option has failed to ease your symptoms, you need to talk to your doctor about Botox. The injections are almost painless, meaning that you have nothing to fear. You will only experience a tiny stinging sensation each time the needle is inserted. When looking for a doctor to administer Botox injections, you need to make sure that he/she is qualified.

If you are looking into migraine treatments by Botox, visit Complete Neurological Care. We specialize in making your life easier. If you require treatment to reduce migraines and headaches, schedule an appointment today. Located in Long Island, Queens, and Manhattan, we offer the necessary instruments for diagnosing and treating common neurological concerns. You no longer have to settle for a mediocre quality of life, get your migraine treated with Botox.

 

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