Migraine treatment with Botox®
Headaches are a universal experience. At present, there are more than 100 different types of headache and one of the most recurring ones is the Migraine, which affects approximately 10-12% of the population, being three times more common in women than in men. Migraines are most common between the ages of 25 to 55. About 90 % of sufferers have a genetic history of migraines.
A migraine headache is usually an intense, throbbing pain on one, or sometimes, both sides of the head. They can last from four hours to three days, and sometimes longer. Migraines are the 3rd most prevalent illness in this world.
Signs of Migraines include:
- Moderate to severe pain (often represented by pounding, throbbing pain) which may have an effect on the entire head, or can shift from one side of the head to the other
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light, noise or odours
- Nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, or abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
Migraine treatment is generally pain management in the form of strong painkillers. But there is another option: BOTOX® (Botulinum Toxin Type A), which is a highly purified protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species. BOTOX® is popularly used to minimise the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, but it is also used for the treatment of chronic migraine headaches, Bruxism and for the treatment of excess sweating in the armpits, scalp and palms. It’s used mainly for those who have headaches more than 15 days a month.
Who is a Candidate for Botox® injectables for Migraine treatment?1. Botox® is FDA-approved for ‘chronic migraines’, which means 15 or more days a month.
2. People who are pregnant or breastfeeding might are not suitable for this treatment.
3. If you have a neurological disease, for example, Bell’s palsy (a neuropathy) or Myasthenia Gravis, the risks of Botox® are increased.
How Does Botox® Work?BOTOX® works by blocking the neurotransmitter that sends messages to muscles to contract. Contracted muscles in the head and neck are thought to be the cause in some cases.
Botox® is injected around the pain fibres concerned. Botox® enters the nerve endings around wherever it is injected and blocks the discharge of chemicals involved in pain transmission. This prevents the activation of pain networks within the brain.
ProcedureThis is a simple and safe procedure and it generally takes 10 - 20 minutes for the treatment to be carried out, requiring no anaesthetic, and most people can return to their daily activities immediately after the treatment.
Before injecting BOTOX®, the treatment area is cleaned. Then Botox® is injected into the bridge of the nose, forehead, temples, back of the head, neck, and upper back above the shoulder blades.
You'll get many shots of botulinum toxin A around your head and neck up to 12 weeks to properly prevent migraine. You may need 30 to 40 shots in all, and you'll get an equal number on each side of your head.
Risk and complicationsBotox® injections are relatively safe when performed by a certified and experienced doctor. Possible temporary side effects and complications include:
- Muscle weakness near where the medicine was injected
- Trouble in swallowing for a few months after treatment
- Slight muscle stiffness, neck pain, pain in your arms or legs
- Puffy eyelids, dry eyes, drooping eyebrows
- Dry mouth
- FatigueHeadache, tiredness
Don’t use BOTOX® if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to any botulinum toxin product. The most common side effect from the Botox® injections is, a sore neck, and we at MK Aesthetic Clinic, recommend using an ice pack to reduce the discomfort.
Downtime and recoveryBotox®* treatment causes a very minimal sensation and discomfort during the procedure. Botox®* is a non-invasive and almost painless treatment. It has no downtime and recovery period and you can resume your normal duties immediately after treatment. You should try and avoid the sun exposure for the rest of the day, and ensure you don’t rub or irritate the treated area. It is recommended to avoid driving, operating machinery, or other activities similar to these for a week.
ResultsIt can take up to 2 weeks or more after the initial treatment to notice improvement depending on the severity of migraines. Results will last for around 3 months or so, or sometimes longer, and patients report that two Botox® treatments reduce the number of headache days by approximately 50%. Most people receive Botox® treatments every 3-4 months for a year or more until their migraine symptoms ease out.
Dr Goyal, the lead GP, runs the MK Aesthetics clinic in Milton Keynes. He is also a dermatology doctor/GP partner at a practice in Milton Keynes and part of the dermatologist team in Bedford Hospital. Dr Goyal is Harley Street trained and certified to carry out all the treatments offered at MK Aesthetics. A specialist in the field of Cosmetic Medicine, you can be sure you’ll be in safe hands.
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