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  • Writer's pictureMariel Reid

How Effective Are Botox Injections in Treating Chronic Migraines?

Migraine headaches affect millions of individuals every year. The symptoms may range from moderate to severe pain in the head to pulsating sensations accompanied by light flashes, blind spots, or sensations on one side of the face, arms, or legs. Migraines affect around 39 million Americans in the United States and 1 billion globally.

In 2010, the FDA approved Botox for treating persistent migraines, making it a popular choice among patients.

A meta-analysis collected data from much of the previous research to determine if Botox can be used to reduce the frequency of chronic migraines. The findings revealed the therapy was beneficial, with minimal and minor side effects, an increase in life quality, and a reduction in the recurrence of chronic migraine headaches.

What Are Chronic Migraines?

Approximately 3% of the population with migraines suffer from chronic migraines, defined as a headache happening more than 15 days per month for more than three months.

What Exactly Is Botox?

Onabotulinum toxin A is the name of the protein in Botox. The bacterium Clostridium botulinum is responsible for producing this protein in nature. The therapeutic protein is a highly purified form.

Several medical disorders, including overactive bladder, excessive perspiration, muscular spasms, and some eye muscle diseases, are now treated with Botox. Its most prevalent use, however, is in preventing chronic migraines.

How Does Botox Work?

Muscles, perspiration glands, and the skin's sensory organs are all recipients of chemicals released by the nervous system. Muscle contraction, sweating, and sensory modification are all effects of the released chemicals binding to receptors.Botox blocks nerve impulses before they reach their intended destinations. If a muscle is the intended victim, its contractions will cease. If a sweat gland is the intended victim, perspiration will cease.

Botox works slowly but steadily to stop migraines before they ever begin. It is injected close to the nerve endings that provide pain signals to prevent headaches.

In 2011, Botox was authorized by Health Canada for the treatment of persistent migraines. Clinical tests confirmed its effectiveness and safety in treating chronic migraine. It should be made available to those who suffer from persistent migraines.

According to research published in 2018, Botox was shown to be effective, secure, and well tolerated over three years when used to treat chronic migraines. The average number of headache days per month decreased significantly in the research. An analysis of papers published in 2019 confirmed that Botox injections could prevent persistent migraines after 3 months of treatment.

Possible Dangers and Adverse Reactions from This Treatment

Individuals with chronic migraine may find Botox injections helpful to reduce headache frequency and severity, but they are not without potential adverse effects.

Botox treatments almost never cause complications or adverse effects. When used to treat persistent migraines, Botox often causes patients to experience neck discomfort and headaches.

Some people have some redness or swelling at the injection site. Temporary lowering of the eyelids or a shift in facial expression due to the disappearance of wrinkles on the forehead may occur. If you change the spot of your injections going forward, you won't have to worry about these problems.

In addition, you could feel a transient weakening of the muscles in your neck and shoulders. When they occur, these unwanted effects often disappear within a few days. Although it is uncommon, some people are allergic to Botox. If you have severe symptoms while taking Botox, please get in touch with your doctor immediately. After receiving injections, people are usually free to go about their day as usual.

Get in touch with the professionals here at BeaYOUtiful Health and Wellness Center if you have questions about Botox or available treatment options. Reach out to our team to learn more today!

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