Migraines are severe headaches that can create nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. Any type of anxiety, stress, exposure to light, caffeine, alcohol, hunger, or hormonal changes (ie. during pregnancy and peri-menstrual), and sleeplessness can prompt this type of unrelenting headache.
The good news is that Botox® is now approved by Health Canada to help counteract chronic migraine headaches. However, it is important to choose the appropriate migraine treatment depending on the frequency and severity of the headache.
Chronic migraine sufferers encounter many symptoms which include:
- Intense, sometimes throbbing or pulsing headache pain
- Nausea and/or vomiting when headaches occur
- Sensitivity to light and/or sound that increases the pain
- Aggravated by routine physical activity, e.g. walking or climbing stairs
Because sufferers have lived with these type of severe headaches for so long, it is challenging for many of them to remember what not having a headache feels like.
Even during their good days, sufferers are often worried about when that next migraine will strike. As a result many chronic migraine sufferers are affected socially and may also deal with depression, anxiety and other chronic pain.
The discovery of BOTOX® for the use of migraines came about accidentally as patients who happened to suffer from migraines noticed that their migraines improved after cosmetic BOTOX® injections to reduce brow and forehead wrinkles
The Benefits Of Botox® For Migraines
Botox® for migraines offers the following benefits:
- Botox® has been proven in clinical studies to reduce the number of days patients suffer migraines
- Treatment is minimally invasive and discomfort during the procedure is minimal
- Botox® may offer long-lasting results, with patients able to go 12 weeks between treatments
What to Expect
Patients can expect symptom relief within two to three weeks. To achieve the maximum benefits, many patients require a series of treatment sessions. BOTOX® has been in use since 1989, so it has an excellent safety record.
BOTOX® is capable of preventing migraines before they start. There are acute treatments for migraines, but they’re designed to be used after the headache has started.
Treatment with BOTOX® is different because it prevents migraines before they occur. To enjoy ongoing relief from chronic migraines, you’ll likely need injections every 12 weeks. On average, the treatment is capable of preventing up to nine headache days per month.
Book Your Consultation Today
If you are suffering from excessive migraines we invite you to attend a free consultation with Dr. Rao and the Rao Dermatology team to see how effective Botox® treatments can be to help you find migraine relief. Fill in the form below to book your consultation today.