Treating Migraines with Botox
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
If you suffer from chronic migraines,
you know intimately that they can disrupt your life, throwing routine into a
tailspin for days at a time. Who could go to work, manage a household or even
drive with severe nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to lights, sounds and
smells? No one.
Migraine sufferers are often willing to
try just about anything to relieve the debilitating pain which can last for up
to 15 days each month, essentially destroying quality of life for half of each
Doctors can prescribe pain medications
to treat symptoms, but unfortunately not everyone responds well to these
The US Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) approved onabotulinumtoxinA
(Botox-A or Botox) as a migraine treatment in 2010, and it’s now a
widely accepted form of relief for many migraine sufferers.
Patients who are interested in Botox
treatments for migraines are typically seen every three months for about a
15-month period. During a session, the doctor injects multiple doses in specific
locations on the patient’s face, neck, head and upper back. Symptom reduction
generally happens between 10 and 14 days later, although not always with the
Botox may or may not be the right
treatment for you, but it often a good option for patients who don’t fare well
with other types of migraine medication. One of the reasons Botox is gaining in
popularity for this affliction is because patients rarely experience side
effects. When side effects to crop up, they are often minor such as neck pain,
stiffness at the injection site, and temporary muscle weakness.
Many insurance providers will cover the
expense of a Botox injection when it’s used to treat chronic migraines.
If this is something you believe cold help you manage migraines, contact us for more information. We always offer a free consultation and are happy to answer any questions you may have.