Chronic migraines are one of the most common complaints seen in the doctor’s office. More than 36 million people in the United States and over 8 million people in the United Kingdom have been estimated to be suffering from migraine, with the World Health Organization rating chronic migraines among the 20 most disabling lifetime health conditions. A latest research has claimed that people suffering from this devastating condition have a lower quality of life than people living with asthma.
Migraine treatment options
This debilitating condition not only affects the sufferer’s personal and social life but also causes significant productive loss to the employers. There are a number of homeopathic as well as allopathic drug treatments available to effectively alleviate severe headaches associated with a migraine attack. But people with this condition often use a wide array of complementary and alternative treatments. Many migraine sufferers find herbal remedies to be quite relieving, but those suffering from chronic migraines rarely find any such treatment option to significantly alleviate symptoms that normally come with a migraine attack.
Botox treatment for migraine
If other options fail to work, go get Botox shots and you will be amazed by the outcome. Botulinum toxin is an FDA approved medication widely used to treat numerous neurological disorders. Known more for its cosmetic benefits, Botox has also been used to treat migraine since it got approval from The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in July 2010.
Migraine treatment involves injecting the drug directly into known trigger points in the patient’s head and neck, using hair thin needles. The toxin works by inhibiting the discharge of peripheral nociceptive neurotransmitters, which then affects the patient’s central pain processing systems responsible for generating migraine pains. This offers instant relief from migraine headache.
How long will the results last?
Generally a single dose is enough to relive migraine symptoms. However, if you are not satisfied with the results of the treatment, you surgeon may give you another shot, 10 to 15 days following the initial treatment. Effects of the treatment normally last for 4 to 6 months, but this may vary from person to person depending on the severity of pain and recurrence pattern.
Who is a candidate?
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) directions, Botulinum toxin can be is used to treat chronic migraines only, which the FDA defines as, “distinct and severe neurological disorder characterized by patients who have a history of migraine and suffer from headaches on 15 or more days per month with headaches lasting four hours a day or longer.”
So, if you are also experiencing migraine attacks that frequently, only then you can get Botox shots for headaches. Otherwise, your doctor may recommend you some other pain management medication for relieving headaches.
What other conditions Botox can treat?
Besides treating chronic migraines, Botulinum toxin type A has also been found effective in reducing pain associated with a number of other medical conditions, including neuropathic pain, lower back pain, cervical dystonia, bladder pain, spasticity and myofascial pain.
Are there any side effects?
Botox treatment is quite safe and instantly effective, and rarely causes any potential side effects. Some common risks associated with this condition include bruising and swelling at the injection site, which subsides at its own in a few hours. About 10% of new Botox patients also complain of headache or neck pain lasting for up to 24 hours.
Choosing the right doctor is crucial:
The most important thing that you need to take care of is, selecting the practitioner in Dubai is choose a board-certified doctor with over 5-year experience of administering migraine treatment dubai. Getting the injection from an inexperienced clinician may lead to some serious side effects, including spread of toxin in the body, causing botulism like symptoms, such as chest congestion and difficulty in breathing and/or swallowing.
Botox is the most preferred and the most demanded Migraine treatment in Dubai as well. If you are interested or want to know more about the procedure, contact us now by filling the free online consultation form above.