If you’ve been diagnosed with having chronic migraines, you certainly understand what it’s like to have a headache impact your life in a very substantial way. The good news is that select patients can now try Botox to help prevent pain before it starts, additionally, most insurance carriers are now covering the treatment.
BOTOX IS CONSIDERED A PREVENTIVE MEDICATION FOR DEBILITATING MIGRAINE HEADACHES.
Pain experts understand Botox is effective for migraine headaches because it blocks chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals to the brain. Injecting Botox along this path stops pain before they hit the nerve endings in the head and neck. If you’re seeking help for migraines, please contact us at 347.252.6732 or book your appointment online.
BENEFITS OF BOTOX INJECTIONS FOR MIGRAINES
The FDA first approved the use of Botox for migraines in 2010. Since then there have been over 100,000 treatments performed by medical doctors, anesthesiologists, and pain management experts across the US. Here are a few benefits in which migraine sufferers find relief:
- Botox injections prevent pain before it starts.
- Treatments occur every three months.
- Minimal discomfort – injections feel like tiny pinpricks.
- Expert level injectors – only trained doctors are qualified to inject.
- Takes about 15 minutes.
HOW TREATMENT IS DELIVERED FOR MIGRAINES WITH BOTOX
Our team at Unique Pain Medicine are board certified pain management experts and anesthesiologists who are highly qualified to deliver Botox treatments. After a careful assessment, your physician will inject the Botox into the shallow muscles causing the patient’s headache or a migraine. In fact, there are 31 injection sites in seven key areas of the head and neck that can give patients three months without pain. It is optimal to have repeating treatments every 12 weeks before you start feeling the pain to avoid the onset of a migraine due to delayed treatment.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR TREATMENT WITH BOTOX FOR MIGRAINES
Unlike headaches for which you can take over the counter medications and perform relaxation techniques, the best treatment for migraines is to pay attention to the triggers and signs and avoid a migraine before it starts. You will qualify if:
- You have headaches at least 15 days of any given month
- You suffer from headaches that last 4+ hours
Additionally, most insurance carriers will pay for your Botox treatment, please call your provider or check with our office at 347.252.6732
HOW TO KNOW IF YOU SUFFER FROM MIGRAINES OR HEADACHES
There are a variety of differences between headaches and migraines including the pain, symptoms, and triggers for the attacks. Headaches are common to 70% of the world’s population with about only 15% having migraines that last a few hours to days.
The pain associated with a tension headache is described by many as an elastic band that is squeezing the head. This pressure is caused by the contraction of muscles between the head and neck, and the experience is a dull pain that is mild to moderate in most cases, lasting 30 minutes to a few hours. By comparison, a migraine attack tends to range from relatively mild to a quite severe throbbing pain on one side of the head or in the front. These types of migraines can last for hours or days.
A simple headache often comes with no advance notice, but migraine sufferers report a “warning” which is auditory, visual, physiological, or psychological as a result of the changing neurological effects it has on the brain.
Triggers for both headaches and migraines vary from patient to patient. Generally speaking, a person who suffers from 15 headaches a month has learned to identify possible causes. Stress, anxiety, poor posture, smells, squinting, poor light, dehydration, hunger, tiredness, hormonal changes, excessive sugar intake, alcohol, and others have been linked to frequent episodes. A migraine sufferer has a heightened level of pain over a simple headache, and patients report it is devastating that they cannot perform everyday tasks, sleep, or even relax. The symptoms of migraine sufferers extend beyond what’s happening in the head.