How Botox Stops Migraine Headaches
If you’ve ever suffered from a migraine headache, you know how debilitating this under-recognized neurological condition can be. Some migraines can be so painful it’s impossible to work or do daily activities. For many people, over the counter and traditional pain medication doesn’t work. Finding a solution to migraine headache pain is challenging; however, Botox injections may offer relief that traditional medicine cannot.
In today’s blog post, we will discuss how Botox, the drug originally approved for smoothing facial frown lines, delivers significant relief for patients suffering from migraines.
What is Botox?
Botox is a neurotoxic protein produced by bacteria known as Botulinum toxin. Although it is a toxin and can cause destruction to nerve tissue, given in small injections, Botox can block muscle nerve activity. Because it causes reduced muscle activity, many people receive Botox injections for cosmetic purposes. Botox works by blocking chemical signals—specifically the ones that control muscle contraction. However, in the past decade, Botox has been used for medical purposes as well as cosmetic.
How Does Botox Feel?
While getting injections in your face might sound intimidating, Botox injections are very mild. Botox injections are given with a very small needle in a series of multiple injections. The injections feel like pin pricks or small stings. Rarely do patients report even moderate pain following Botox injections.
How Does Botox Stop a Migraine Headache?
When migraine headaches occur, the muscles in the head and neck contract. For the muscle to contract, the nerve must release acetylcholine, which is a type of chemical messenger. This chemical messenger attaches to the cells and makes the muscle contract. When the doctor injects Botox into the affected area, it blocks the acetylcholine release, thereby keeping the muscle from contracting.
What to Expect from Botox Injections?
There will generally be multiple injections given in the head and neck area. There are a total of 31 injection sites, and Dr. Segura will diagnose and determine the number of injections needed. The procedure is short, and generally lasts less than 30 minutes. Typically, patients will need more than one round of injections. In some cases, Dr. Segura suggests 2-4 rounds, although patients have responded after the first round of injections.
Patients who are successfully treated with Botox injections say that they have less frequent migraine headaches and that the severity and duration are also decreased.
At Segura Neuroscience and Pain Center, we offer Botox injections to target and treat chronic migraine headaches. You no longer need to suffer with debilitating pain from migraines. Contact us today for a consultation and find relief from this simple, in-office procedure.
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