You have heard about Botox treating wrinkles and excessive weight, but did you know that it can now also treat migraine headaches? Surprised, right? But that’s true.
Botox has been officially labelled as an effective treatment for chronic migraine and many people lately are having these injections to get them rid of the headaches. In fact, Botox treatment for migraine is currently the single most effective treatment available in the market with its results being far superior to other treatments. If you too suffer from migraines and are looking for an effective treatment, let’s see how can this procedure benefit you. C’mon!
Botox is a drug made from a bacterium called ‘Clostridium botulinum’. Botulinum is a highly toxic bacterium found in the natural environment that has the potential to cause a form of muscle paralysis, called botulism. If consumed in large amounts the substance can even result in death.
Scientists, however, have found a way to use this highly toxic substance to human advantage. A small and diluted amount of this toxin can be injected into targeted areas of the body to relax muscles. Once the muscles are relaxed and immobilized, it achieves the desired results for problems such as wrinkles, overactive bladder and eye twitching. In 2010, the FDA officially approved Botox for the treatment of chronic migraines.
In the mid-1990s, a number of people who received Botox injections for cosmetic reasons reported that their headaches had considerably improved as a result of the treatment. This led to several clinical trials to find a link between Botox and its ability to treat headaches. However, no substantial link could be established back then.
Scientists continued to experiment on Botox and its potential use as a treatment for headache throughout the ’90s and early 2000s. After years of research, they were successful in establishing that a subgroup of people suffering from chronic migraine could be effectively treated with Botox. Their findings led to the FDA approving Botox for use in treatment of chronic migraine.
The body is equipped with a central nervous system which uses tiny chemicals called neuro-transmitters that carry nerve impulses to coordinate with the brain. While the precise working of a Botox injection hasn’t been established yet, what we already know is that when Botox is injected into the body, it reduces this coordination on certain pathways that are associated with causing pain.
If you decide to undergo a Botox treatment for migraine, your surgeon will chalk out a plan of treatment. He will administer the injections to you every 12 weeks for a designated amount of time. Every Botox session will last for about 15 minutes, in which your doctor will inject multiple doses of Botox into specific areas of the forehead, neck and the upper back. Over a period of six months, you’ll notice that your headaches occur far less frequently, or not occur at all.
You have heard about Botox for wrinkles, right? Then you would also know that Botox injections cannot stop you from growing old; they only temporarily diminish the wrinkles to give you a younger look. Once you stop taking the injections, your wrinkles appear again and you go back to your former look.
Botox for migraine works in a similar fashion. It is a temporary preventative measure that only block neuro-transmitters from causing sensations of pain. It is not designed to kill the source of that pain permanently. Thus, Botox cannot really be referred to as a ‘cure’ for migraine, but it is definitely an effective solution to prevent the headaches from occurring until another permanent solution has been discovered.
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