An injectable drug, Botox, contains Clostridium botulinum, which is a toxic bacterium. If we consume the toxin made by this bacterium, it poses a life-threatening case of food poisoning, called botulism. However, if it injected into the human body, it shows different symptoms. It blocks a few chemical signals from the nerves and causes a momentary muscle paralysis.
In the pursuit of finding immediate relief from chronic migraine headaches, we might try just about any remedy. Since migraines cause excruciating pain and affect the quality of life, sufferers struggle to relieve the painful symptoms that they experience with a migraine. Anyone who experiences migraine symptoms for two weeks or more each month is believed to be suffering from chronic migraines. Prescription medications and over-the-counter pain relievers may do little to ease painful symptoms. However, some patients do not show any sign of relief to any remedy.
In such cases, your doctor may recommend other preventive medicines, designed to reduce the severity and frequency of migraine attacks. FDA approved the use of onabotulinumtoxinA as a treatment for migraines in 2010. More popularly known as Botox-A or Botox, you should only consider this method if no other method works for you.
Your doctor is likely to administer Botox treatments for migraines once every three months. He will also suggest suitable time duration of your treatment that usually depends on your response to Botox. Each session lasts between 10 to 15 minutes, in which a qualified doctor injects multiple doses into particular points along your forehead, the nose bridge, the neck, the upper and back areas of your head.
Botox injections are effective treatment options for relieving painful symptoms that emerge with the onset of a migraine attack. These may include nausea, sensitivity, and vomiting. Once patients receive the botox injections, it takes around ten days to a couple of weeks to get some relief. If patients do not receive any immediate relief, then additional treatments may be provided. Botox, when injected at proper doses in the right areas, produces exceptional results to relieve a migraine. These results last up to three months or more depending on each patient.
Although, any unpleasant side effects or complications are rare in botox treatments, discuss your doctor about pre and post treatment effects. In a rare case, a few side effects such as breathing and swallowing problems may emerge as side effects. The drug may also trigger blurred or double vision and loss of bladder control. However, it is an FDA-approved drug used for several other purposes. The entire process is painless. The worst part is probably the pricks you feel when receiving the injections.
Many insurance providers do not cover the expense of these injections even if they are used to treat medical conditions such as chronic migraines. Make sure you contact your insurance provider to know if they will cover the procedural costs involved in this treatment. It can be a relatively expensive treatment procedure. However, it has proven to produce effective results in treating chronic migraines and relieving painful symptoms.