Botox for Migraines

Due to various reasons, sufferers of migraines are becoming more and more prominent every day. With increasing prevalence, many new treatment options have also become available.

What causes migraines?

Migraines can be caused by several different reasons. Migraines can be caused by vascular, or blood vessel, reasons, muscular reasons, and sometimes the reason may be idiopathic, or of unknown cause. The list can be very exhausting and seem to be endless. The best way to treat a migraine patient is through eliminating the cause.

What are the common treatments for migraines?

For years, there have been several pharmaceutical remedies to migraines. There are pharmaceutical remedies for the actual cause and those that treat the symptoms, such as pain.
Becoming more common on the treatment forefront of migraines is Clostridium botulinum toxin, or Botox.

How does Botox affect my body to help my migraines?

Botulinum toxin is a paralytic in its natural form. Its paralytic nature is used to act on the muscles in the head and neck. By targeting these muscles, the migraine can then be reduced, or even eliminated.

Does the effect of Botox act immediately?

Unfortunately, the Botox does not act immediately. Sometimes, it can take several weeks and a few treatment sessions before the Botox begins to take effect. Until the function of the Botox starts functioning, alternate therapy or the patient’s original treatment option should be utilized.

Are there any negative side effects to Botox therapy for migraines?

Botox, used appropriately, has few side effects. Most often, some patients can have flu like symptoms after a treatment. Since botulinum toxin, in small amounts can be metabolized by the human body, all effects from treatment are temporary. This makes Botox an extremely safe treatment option.

How do I know if Botox therapy is right for my migraine treatment?

The best way to know if Botox therapy is appropriate for your migraine treatment is to see a doctor trained in treating migraines with Botox. One such doctor is Dr. Webb. After a comprehensive examination, they will be able to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that may, or may not, include Botox therapy. This will be determined after examination with much discussion during your treatment planning session.
If you are a patient that suffers with migraines, and are not finding other treatments to be a success, call the office of Dr. Webb today. We will be delighted to take care of your needs.

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