Botox for migraines? Really? You know that feeling of “OH NO, I think I feel a headache coming on” and you try to relax, massage your neck, drink water, drink coffee, gently squeeze your temples, use a hot pad on your neck, maybe even a cold pack on your neck, and then just close your eyes and try to breathe some healing breaths into it hoping it goes away?
I get it. It wrecks the rest of your day. Unlike a hurt knee that you can just try to resort to sitting to rest it and get the pressure off of it, migraines are a different animal. It feels like your entire being, your brain, your clarity, and your sanity all reside on whether or not that squeezing, throbbing, tension and pain in your head will persist.
It’s 2021, and the idea of needing to take pills for every ailment is, as it should, being ousted as a mainstay of medical treatment. So if you haven’t already met Botox for migraines, this is a good opportunity to look into it as a treatment option. As unnatural as it has been reputed, Botox is actually pretty earthy. It’s a protein made from a bacteria, and yes it’s a neurotoxin, but let’s not sensationalize it. Botox as a way of preventing migraines is brilliant. In the same way that people casually take probiotics, this bacteria just performs a different function. In fact, as far as purposeful bacteria we spend money on, one could argue it’s been vetted more than over-the-counter probiotics. It’s highly purified, verified, carefully dispensed, and FDA-approved.
Specifically, Botox for migraines has been especially helpful for patients that have muscle spasms associated with their headaches. It may not help every person, but those who have tension headaches, and note tightness in the face, head, and neck– Botox is incredibly effective. It blocks the tightening so that the migraine can’t develop. An extra perk to anyone who doesn’t like horizontal wrinkles on their forehead, when using Botox for migraines you will be treating those forehead lines too since some of the injections are indicated for that region.
One treatment takes effect after about three weeks and typically lasts three to four months. There are many advantages to Botox, and in the scenario of migraine treatment, it has multiple advantages over taking painkillers. It only acts where it is injected, the effects are temporary, and in very small doses it is still quite effective.
In using Botox for migraines, you will receive a series of injections in your head and neck. On average this is about 25 to 35 injections. The Botox injections in your head and neck region are not painful, although they do feel like tiny pinpricks. In choosing a location to have your migraines treated, I recommend a clinical setting such as at our clinic or at a neurology clinic. Safe practice involves obtaining a thorough history to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure. Stay away from any place that gives false promises such as a guarantee that you will never get a migraine again. The most important part of your treatment is safety, and trusting your physician is key.