Migraine,  Treatment

Botox treatment for migraines

Have you heard about botox treatment for migraines? Is it the same botox that is used for beauty treatments? How well does it work? Botox seems to be the new thing when it comes to treating migraines. So I felt like researching this a bit more.

Is botox for you?

At first, you get treated for your migraine with preventive treatment, often some drugs. The idea is to reduce the frequency of the migraine attacks, and also the severity. When that treatment with “regular” drugs doesn’t work as planned, then botox injections should be considered.

The same botox for wrinkles and migraine

The rumor has it that when middle age women that suffer from headache and migraine experienced relief when they got botox for their wrinkles. Therefore the doctors started to study botox and the possible use for treating migraines.

Botox become approved to use with chronic migraines in 2010. Many patients that have tried botox have said it was successful, around 80% of patients achieve a significant improvement. Botox is FDA approved for chronic migraine, which means that you have to have 15 or more migraine and headache attacks per month. According to several clinic websites and interviews with a neurologist that treats migraine with botox, botox works best the more migraine you have.

Is botox a neurotoxin?

Handle it correctly, then it’s not, but in concentrated form, botox is a poison. Botox is a form of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria botulism. Botulism can cause a deadly reaction if you eat it in spoiled food. But the amount injected is tiny, and since you don’t digest it in your stomach, it’s safe. Botulism by itself is a bacteria that is present in our earth, and the body breaks it down without going out in our bloodstream or affects our organs. What it does is block your nerve signals and paralyzes your muscles. Botox enters the nerve ends and blocks the release of chemicals in and around the injection area. That prevents migraines before they start.

Every three months

Botox injections are very effective with chronic migraines and are injected every three months. Small doses are injected at specific places around the head. The goal is to minimize symptoms from a migraine attack. The analgesia doesn’t come right away, after the first injection, the improvement usually occurs after 10-14 days. The evaluation then takes place after the fourth treatment with injections.

Significant improvment

Botox become approved to use with chronic migraines in 2010. Many patients that have tried botox have said it was successful, around 80% of patients achieve a significant improvement. Botox is FDA approved for chronic migraine, which means that you have to have 15 or more migraine and headache attacks per month. According to several clinic websites and interviews with a neurologist that treats migraine with botox, botox works best the more migraine you have.

Who gives botox injections for migraines?

It can be a doctor, neurologist, or a nurse, but they need special education to inject botox since it can go terribly wrong. That’s because it blocked the nerves and paralyzed the muscles. One of the primary neurosurgeons I spoke with that are located in my area said that injected wrongly in the neck it can paralyze the muscles in your neck so that you “drop” your head, and need to manual have to hold up the head since the neck muscles aren’t able to do it.

Make sure that the clinic that you go to and the specialist that treats you both have training and experience in botox injections. That’s since it’s vital exactly where the injections are made in the neck, forehead, and around the head. Often a total of 30 injections spots.

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