Chronic migraine affects about 8 million people in the United Kingdom and over 36 million people in the United States, and figures from the rest of the world are equally alarming. The World Health Organization (WHO) has rated chronic migraine among the top twenty disabling conditions of the era. A recent study has concluded that those suffering from this debilitating condition have a lower quality of life than those living with asthma.
Causes of Chronic Migraines:
The cause of chronic migraines is different for individuals and there are various triggers associated with this condition, ranging from bright lights to consumption of certain foods.
Treatment options for Migraine:
There are a number of natural remedies and allopathic treatment options to cure this condition. However, it was most recently found that Botox, which is primarily used for cosmetic purposes, can also help alleviate migraine pain. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved Botox or Botulinum toxin type specifically for treating chronic migraines in July 2010. Migraine treatment with Botox is probably the only procedure that offers lasting relief from symptoms of chronic migraines. Botox injections not only relieve severe headaches but also treat accompanying symptoms, including nausea, hypersensitivity to light and sound etc.
Besides treating chronic migraines, the toxin has also shown tremendous results in relieving pain associated with a number of other diseases, including neuropathic pain, cervical dystonia, spasticity, lower back pain, bladder pain and myofascial pain.
How does Botox Treatment for Migraine work?
During the procedure your clinician will administer a prescribed dose of Botulinum Toxin directly into the skin at the known trigger points in your head and neck. The toxin sticks itself to the nerve endings, inhibiting the discharge of peripheral nociceptive neurotransmitters. This affects the patient’s central pain processing system that actually generates migraine pains, and as a result the patients stops feeling the throbbing pain in the head and neck.
How effective is Botox in treating Migraines?
There are some differences in the studies that evaluate the effectiveness of Botox in reducing chronic migraines. Nevertheless, it is unquestionably true that for a large number of patients the results of Botox treatment are beneficial. In most of the cases migraine attacks have reduced by as much as 50 percent, which is definitely significant. It is also pertinent to mention here that a small percentage of people (10%) getting Botox injections may aggravate the condition.
Is Botox treatment for Migraine long lasting?
A single dose of Botox is normally enough to deliver satisfactory results; however, if the patient does not feel satisfied, the doctors can give another shot after 7 to 10 days, keeping in view the patient’s physical condition as well the severity of the problem. Effects of Botox injection generally last for 4 to 6 months, but this may vary from one person to another depending on the severity and recurrence pattern of migraine attacks. Once the effects of treatment start subsiding, you will have to get a reinjection to enjoy a pain free life.
What are the risks associated with Botox treatment?
Like any other procedure, Botox injections also have some side effects, but they are not serious or long lasting. The most common side effect reported by individuals is slight swelling at the injection site. Some allergy symptoms may also be observed, including itching, rash, red welts, wheezing and asthma like symptoms, but this is very rare. Though these symptoms do not pose any potential threat to the patient’s life, get immediate medical attention if you observe any of them any time (hours or weeks) after the treatment.
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