Botox is a trade name used for the procedure of injecting Botulinum toxin (BTX) into the skin to inhibit the movement of the muscles that prevents wrinkles. Getting a Botox job is commonly done for cosmetic reasons, however, there is one more reason to used Botox, and that is to treat migraine. Those who have been diagnosed with migraine and get frequent migraine attacks can consider getting a Botox treatment done.
In 2010, Botox was approved for treating chronic migraines by FDA. A person has a chronic migraine when there is a history of the condition in the family and the headaches last almost 15 days. Botox works only on chronic migraine and you should not get a Botox treatment if you get headaches for fewer days and if you suffer from other types of headaches.
Botox treatment shots result in cutting down the number of days people get headaches because of migraine. Most people who get Botox for migraine report ‘no-headache’ days every month post their treatment. As the rounds of Botox treatments for migraine increases, the headache decreases as well. Upon getting five rounds of Botox treatment, there is a 70% reduction in a headache.
How Botox works
Doctors believe that a chronic migraine can be treated by Botox as the treatment blocks the neurotransmitters that send pain signals from the brain. Botox acts as a barrier or a blockage in the pathway of neurotransmitters before they reach the nerve endings around the neck and head.
People who suffer from a chronic migraine can undergo Botox for the treatment. There are several shots of Botox given around the head and the neck area once after every 12 weeks. This helps in a tremendous decrease or total prevention of migraine headaches.
There is a total of 30 to 40 shots for this treatment. Shots are given on both sides of the head equally. If there is a strong migraine pain in one specific part of the head, more shots of Botox can be given there.
Side effects of Botox
People who undergo Botox treatments for their chronic migraine condition may feel neck pain and headache. Other side effects include an allergic reaction; however, the occurrence of an allergic reaction is rare. The signs of the allergic reaction include shortness of breath, hives, or swelling in parts of lower legs. Though Botox does not spread to other parts of the body, there is a slight possibility of that happening, and in case that happens, it can prove deadly.
Before undergoing a Botox treatment for chronic migraine, it is important to know everything on the same to prevent health issues and side effects.