How Botox Helps Relieve Symptoms of Chronic Migraines and Headaches
About half a million Canadians suffer from chronic migraines. When migraines occur, sufferers are often confined to their beds due to the severe pain and symptoms. Chronic migraines can occur at any time, usually several times a week or month, and will plague sufferers for years. Migraine sufferers miss out on living normal lives when migraines hit. While there is no complete cure for migraines, there are preventative measures and treatment options that reduce the frequency and severity of chronic migraines and headaches. In 2010, Health Canada has approved the treatment of Botox for migraine relief, and this treatment is a game-changer for many who suffer the debilitating symptoms on a regular basis.
Instead of spending a large portion of their lives in bed, suffering from severe pain, patients can get relief from their migraines and improve their quality of life.
Migraines headaches are considered chronic when patients suffer from headache pain for 15 days or more every month for at least three months. Out of these days, eight days will include migraines without aura—these migraines do not have any symptoms that indicate the onset of a migraine.
Migraines with aura include symptoms prior to the onset of a full-blown migraine, such as confusion, dizziness, and changes in vision.
However, the pain from both types of migraines is usually severe, resulting in dizziness and nausea. Aside from taking pain medication, migraine sufferers will likely ride out their migraines in bed in the dark since light also intensifies the pain.
Botox For Migraines
An American doctor discovered the effects of Botox for migraines after his patients reported relief from migraines and headaches following their cosmetic Botox treatments. When injected in specific locations on the neck and head, Botox blocks the nerve impulses that cause muscle tension and knotting, chief causes for the onset of migraines.
Therapeutic Botox treatments are comfortable, and only take between 10 and 15 minutes to administer. Patients can expect results within two weeks of treatment. For some, several treatments may be necessary to get the full desired results and for this reason, it is always recommended that migraine sufferers try at least 3 treatment sessions, at 3-month intervals, before deciding how effective it is. Most patients will notice a significant decrease in the number of migraines and headaches they experience as well as a significant decrease in the severity of the pain and symptoms associated with their headaches.
Although there is no absolute cure, Botox Therapeutic for migraines is a step in the right direction for migraine prevention. By reducing the occurrence and severity of migraines, patients can get on with their lives with less pain and stress. And aside from improving their overall quality of life, patients can reap the added benefits of smoothing out wrinkles on their forehead following such treatment as well.