BOTOX for Migraines: How Does It Work?
Those who suffer from chronic migraines know that a seemingly invisible problem can have a huge impact on quality of life. If you have lived with chronic migraines for years, you have likely tried every possible treatment out there. Many treatments, unfortunately, can only treat a migraine once it occurs. Even if the treatment works, you will likely be in pain for a few hours before it kicks in. This means you still may miss work, your child’s baseball game, or a number of other things.
What if we told you there was a treatment that stopped migraines in their tracks before they even start? That’s where BOTOX® comes in!
Many people think of BOTOX® as a solely cosmetic procedure, but that couldn’t be farther from the case. While, yes, BOTOX® is extremely effective at preventing and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, it can also prevent migraines and even reduce excessive sweating. Here’s how BOTOX® can work for migraines.
What is a Migraine?
A migraine is a headache of varying intensity that is often accompanied by nausea and light sensitivity. Migraines are considered chronic when they occur 15 times per month over a three month period. Migraines can cause severe pain and difficulty completing everyday tasks. People with chronic migraines often have to take off a lot of time from work and miss out on many different life events.
How BOTOX® Can Help
BOTOX® is an FDA-approved preventative treatment for chronic migraine. BOTOX® has been shown to prevent on average 8 to 9 headache days per month, and only needs to be administered every 12 weeks. It will take two treatments (12 weeks apart) to determine how well BOTOX® is working for you.
Injection only takes around 15 minutes and can be done right in your doctor’s office. BOTOX® will be injected in 31 places around key parts of the head and neck. Don’t worry, these injections are shallow and will not penetrate deeply into the skin.
If you are interested in BOTOX®, contact Pinke Eye Center in Shelton, CT. Our BOTOX® specialists will help you determine if BOTOX® is right for you.