For people who regularly experience severe migraines, there is a frustration that rarely dissipates. While there are a number of treatments available in the form of behavioral interventions, pharmacological and natural remedies, they just don’t seem to be enough for some migraine sufferers. For people in these situations, even the most nontraditional of treatments will be considered if there is a possibility for success.
One of those nontraditional treatments is Botox. This is an injection of the toxin that works by blocking nerve connections to decrease muscle activity. It has even been approved by the FDA in 2010 for the prevention of chronic migraines.
Does it work?
Based on the way Botox works, there were many theories that an injection would work to reduce the pain associated with migraines. In order to test those theories, a study was done for 56 weeks with approximately 1300 patients who had all been diagnosed with chronic headaches. The goal of the clinical trial was to see if Botox would work as a preventative treatment for chronic migraines.
A similar experiment was done in England to test for the same purpose. Of the people studied, almost 95 percent of them had tried three different preventative migraine treatments and all of them failed. The participants of this study also kept a journal for about 30 days before and after receiving their treatments to monitor changes.
The results of both studies showed that Botox really did work to reduce the number of headache and migraine days a patient experienced by at least 50 percent. The injections also increased the number of headache-free days, which in turn increased their productivity at work.
Like with all treatments, there are side effects that need to be considered. Some side effects of a Botox treatment include the following:
- Muscle weakness
- Skin tightness
- Neck stiffness
- Neck pain
- Drooping eyelids
- Tingling, tickling, prickling or burning sensations
Generally speaking, Botox is considered a cosmetic procedure. To prove the procedure is necessary to remedy a legitimate medical condition, you need to be able to provide your insurance company with the right documentation. Those documents need to show that you have tried the more traditional forms of migraine treatment and they were unsuccessful.
While more studies need to be done, the results so far are certainly promising. Visit an urgent care in Las Vegas to see if your headaches can be successfully treated with Botox injections. For more information about the quick care Las Vegas residents trust, contact 702.852.2000.