14 Jan Migraine Headache Treatment: Finally Relieved
Those who suffer from chronic migraines know how much pain, inconvenience, and frustration they can cause. Here is a proven, long-lasting migraine headache treatment so your harsh headaches stop impeding your life.
Migraine Headache Treatment
Migraines can truly throw a wrench into our daily plans and responsibilities. It’s nearly impossible to function properly while enduring a wild migraine. Luckily, there’s a solution for the 3.2 million Americans suffering from chronic migraines, but it may not be the treatment plan they expected.
This treatment plan is Botox. While many believe Botox is only used for eliminating wrinkles, it can actually ease facial pain and discomfort and be used as a migraine headache treatment.
It should be noted, though, that this treatment plan is suggested for those with chronic migraines. Someone with chronic migraines suffers from intense headaches/migraines for at least 15 days out of the month. We can not guarantee the same outcome for those who do not have chronic migraines.
How It Works
Botox was approved by the FDA in 2010 as an option for those seeking relief from chronic migraines. Botox is injected into the pain fibers that cause migraine pain and blocks the release of neurotransmitters and chemicals from the pain pathways. This stops the pain-carrying chemicals from sending signals to your brain. In other words, Botox fights off migraines before they have the chance to form by blocking the neurotransmitters and pain pathways.
You will most likely need to see your doctor multiple times for Botox treatments. The optimal amount is five treatments. You should feel the results within 2-3 weeks of your first treatment. In a study run by WebMD, almost half of the people who received two Botox treatments reported that the number of days they had a headache each month was cut in half. This number jumped to 70% of patients after they received five rounds of treatment.
Botox treatments for migraines typically last around three months. Patients typically return for another round of injections every 12 weeks.
Before you decide on using Botox as a migraine headache treatment, please be aware of the possible side effects:
- Swelling/bruising around injection area
- Neck soreness
- Dry mouth
- General discomfort
- Neck pain
- Possible allergic reaction to Botox (uncommon)