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Can Botox Help Treat Your Migraine Headaches?

Botox® is most commonly known for smoothing out wrinkles and temporarily reversing the signs of aging, but it’s beneficial in other ways. It may surprise you to know that Botox can treat migraine headaches. In fact, medical professionals have successfully used Botox to manage migraine headaches since the 1990s. 

If you’re living with migraines, Botox is an effective option worth trying, and here at Premier Neurology Group and Beverly Hills Headache Institute, we use it for our patients. We share some background information on migraines and explain how Botox works to help relieve the pain.

Understanding migraines

Nearly everyone experiences a headache at one time or another during their lifetime. Ask anyone who has experienced a migraine though, and they’ll tell you that migraines aren’t your run-of-the-mill headaches.

Migraines cause severe throbbing or pulsating pain – usually on one side of the head – that can last from hours to days and is often severe enough that it significantly interferes with daily functioning. Migraines can get so intense that patients report missing work, school, and other responsibilities. 

Unlike regular headaches, migraines are typically accompanied by other symptoms. When you get a migraine attack, you’re likely to experience:

We classify migraines as a neurological condition. Women are more likely to have them than men, and they tend to run in families. You’re at a significant risk for migraines if you have a family history of them.

Migraines last about four hours on average. Without treatment, a migraine headache can last several days to a week. Currently, there’s no cure for migraines, but at Beverly Hills Headache Institute, we offer effective treatment options to help patients find relief.

Botox for migraines

Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin A, a protein produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. This FDA-approved, prescription medication blocks the release of acetylcholine, a chemical that plays a key role in sending signals from nerve cells to other cells, such as muscle cells and other nerve cells. Blocking acetylcholine causes muscles to relax and prevents nerves from sending pain messages.  

How does Botox treat migraines?

If our team, led by neurologist and headache specialist, Dr. Ravinder Singh determines you’re a good candidate for Botox, treatment involves injecting the medication around the pain fibers that are involved in headaches. Botox enters the nerve endings and blocks the release of acetylcholine, which prevents migraine headaches before they start. One treatment lasts an average of 10-12 weeks. Patients experience increasing benefits with each treatment cycle. Just two treatments with Botox can cut migraine headaches in half.

What is treatment with Botox like?

When you visit Dr. Singh for Botox treatment to manage migraines, you can expect to get several injections around your head and neck in key areas. The doctor uses a very small needle to inject the medication. Patients describe it as feeling like a pinprick. 

The appointment takes about 20 minutes. It takes time to see maximum results, and many patients see results 2-3 weeks after treatment.

We find that Botox is very effective for migraines and typically well-tolerated. Getting treatment every three months is a useful regimen for managing chronic migraines. For many patients, Botox makes a significant difference in easing migraine symptoms.

How do I know if my headache is a migraine?

Visiting a headache specialist is the best way to get to the root of your head pain. Dr. Singh conducts comprehensive evaluations to diagnose what type of headache you have, and the symptoms that accompany your headaches play a key role in that diagnosis. But if you experience nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light or sound, there’s a good chance that you’re having a migraine headache.

Effective migraine treatment is vital to getting relief and restoring a pain-free life. To learn more about Botox treatment for migraine headaches, visit us at Premier Neurology Group in Beverly Hills, California. Call 310-438-5268 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Singh or book your visit here on our website.

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