Botox For Migraines

WHAT IS BOTOX?

Botox is a neurotoxin, made by Clostridium Botulinum. Botox helps block pain signals from your nerves and paralyzes your muscles. In an injectable form it is safe because small doses are used and injected onto muscle planes.

Botox injection sites for migraine. Picture credit: North West Neurology

DOES BOTOX WORK FOR MIGRAINE HEADACHES?

There are various clinical trials that show the efficacy of Botox for treating migraines which show great results for patients. Botox helps reduce the total number of days patients experience pain-free days each month. This is return, helps patients go on with their daily life and work well.

In another study, nearly half the people who took 2 rounds of Botox shots reported that the number of days they had headaches each month was reduced to half. After 5 rounds of treatment, that increased to about 70% of people.

BOTOX TREATMENT

Patients will receive several shots of Botox around their head and neck once every 12 weeks to dull or prevent migraine headaches.

You may need 30 small injections with an equal number on each side of your head and neck. If you have migraine pain in one particular spot, you may need more shots there. Patients will be able to see results 2 to 3 weeks after your first treatment, some patients see results as early as 1 week.

Please ensure only doctors administer these injections and not a beautician or unlicensed therapist.

SIDE EFFECTS

Some expected side effects are:

⦁ Neck pain may be expected as we will temporarily relax the neck muscles.
⦁ Allergic reaction- skin rashes or eye and lip swelling

CONCLUSION

If you are suffering from chronic migraines and it is starting to affect your daily life routine, be assured there are various treatment options available and book an appointment with us for a consult. Our friendly team of doctors will help guide you through the process.

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