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Migraine treatment that works

Published on February 12, 2015 by

If you suffer from chronic migraine – or someone close to you does – you’ll know just how debilitating it is. Sufferers can spend half their life dealing with headaches that range in intensity from mild to severe and with side effects like nausea, vomiting and light, sound or smell sensitivity. In short, more existing than living.

The discovery of Botulinum Toxin A (the chemical name for the trade-marked Botox®) was effective in reducing chronic migraine was accidental. People who were receiving Botox® treatment reported a reduction in their symptoms and so a clinical trial was carried out. The results were positive and Botulinum Toxin was licensed to treat chronic migraine in 2010.

How does Botox work on chronic migraine?

Like many drugs Botulinum Toxin in its pure form is poisonous, but in highly diluted form has many beneficial applications. Whilst its ability to immobilise muscles makes it easy to identify how it works for conditions where muscular pain and muscle tension are involved, it’s less obvious how it reduces chronic migraine. It’s believed that the drug inhibits the nervous system in the area treated and reduces the central pain processing system that creates migraine headaches.

However, most patients are only interested in the results – not the science behind it!

It’s not an instant ‘fix’, but a course of treatment at three-monthly intervals over a period of about 15 months. Each session involves Botox injections in a number of sites including around the bridge of the nose, temples, forehead and the back of the head, neck and upper back.

This treatment doesn’t also reduce your wrinkles, other than if you’re not constantly frowning with pain, some of your lines will reduce in definition.

The results will start to be noticed after a week or so and the incidences of migraine headaches should reduce over the course of treatment. Most people report a noticeable improvement in the number of days they suffer headaches and the intensity of the pain.

Why choose Botox® to treat migraine?

If you’ve already tried various migraine medications and found they’re either ineffective or your tolerance for them is poor (i.e. you suffer from side-effects) Botox® may be exactly what you need.

There are a number of injections required at each treatment, but, as one patient said “The pain of the injections was minimal compared to the pain of my migraine headache.”

Choose the right practitioner

Doctors who are experienced in using Botox® to treat chronic migraine are not common. It’s important that you choose someone who knows exactly how to administer the injections and offers aftercare support.

Side effects are very rare and can include neck pain or stiffness, temporary muscle weakness in the neck and shoulders, but these generally go away of their own accord in a few days.

Other side effects have only ever been reported when the injections were carried out by inexperienced practitioners, so it is really important to put your treatment in experienced hands.

If you’re suffering from chronic migraine help is at hand; clinics are in both Bedfordshire and London and are easily accessible from Hertfordshire and the Home Counties as well as the Greater London area. Give our team a call on 01582 762877 and book a consultation with our medical experts.

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