Botox is one of the world’s most famous brand names. You’d be hard pressed to find a person across most of the globe who hasn’t heard of Botox. That’s based on the 2002 FDA approval of this neuromodulator for the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles and lines on the upper third of the face. Celebrities right and left swear by Botox to remove their crow’s feet, the 11s between their eyebrows, and forehead lines.
But what of their migraine headaches?
Migraine headaches. Yeah, Botox takes care of them too. Dr. Trujillo offers Botox for migraine treatment at our Show Low offices.
What is Botox?
Botox is made primarily from the botulinum toxin type A. These are the same bacteria that cause botulism. That sounds scary but it’s not. Way back in the 1950s U.S scientists discovered that when injected in minute amounts, the botulinum toxin caused a muscle to stay relaxed and not contract. Botox was a direct result of that research.
Botox was originally approved by the FDA not for treating movie stars, but for treating patients who suffered from involuntary eyelid spasms. That was in 1992. Since then, Botox has approved for many uses, everything from wrinkle erasing and excessive underarm sweating to TMJ disorder and incontinence. And did we mention migraine headaches? Yes, in 2010, the FDA approved Botox for treatment of chronic migraine headaches.
What does chronic migraine mean?
Frequency is key. A person with chronic migraines is defined as having 15 or more days with a headache each month, with migraines being at least 8 of those days.
How does Botox help with chronic migraines?
Botox is injected around the pain fibers that are involved with these headaches. Botox enters the nerve endings in the area and it blocks the release of the nerve transmitters that signal pain. This prevents the activation of pain networks in the brain.
Botox doesn’t respond after a migraine has started; it prevents migraines from occurring. It usually doesn’t do this the first time we inject Botox, but by the second or third treatment it usually works quite well.
If you suffer from chronic migraine headaches, Botox could be a great treatment for you. Please call us at Summit Healthcare Pain Clinic, (927) 532-1605, and let’s help you with the pain.