Should I Consider Botox For Migraines?


What Are Migraines?

Migraines are a headache disorder in the nervous and vascular systems. Symptoms include moderate to severe headache pain, and in some cases, nausea and vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound, temperature and smells. Some people with migraines also experience an “aura,” which is a short period preceding the onset of the migraine, during which they experience visual changes such as blurred or wavy vision, or white flashes.

What Are Primary Treatments for Migraines?

During a migraine:

Migraines are made worse with physical activity, so rest is a good first step. Next, a simple pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be taken. There are other specialized prescription medications that can help relieve the effects of a migraine.

For prevention:

There a receptor-blocking medications that have been shown useful in the prevention migraines. Also, it is good to avoid any possible triggers. Not everyone with migraines seems to get them following specific triggers, but many do. Triggers may include fatigue, hunger, stress, dehydration, certain foods, air conditions, or certain lighting, especially certain artificial lighting methods.

Common conservative and alternative treatments for migraines include extracts, such as butterbur, acupuncture, neurostimulators, nerve inhibitors, and migraine surgery, in which some nerves are decompressed.

For those with chronic migraines, the use of botox has shown to be effective.

What Does Botox Do for Migraines?

Botox is injected into specific sites in the head and neck. Once injected, botox is known for paralyzing muscle fiber. The causes a disruption in neurotransmission, preventing some chronic migraines. This has not been shown to be as effective in patients suffering from episodic migraines as it is effective in patients with chronic migraines.

If you have migraines that have not responded to other treatments, book an appointment right away with your physiatrist and nerve specialist. These conditions will get worse the longer they go untreated and could result in further damage and much worse pain and discomfort.

Also, if you have been previously seen a healthcare provider for migraines and are seeking a second opinion, NY Bone & Joint Specialists have the expertise and experience you are looking for.

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