This simple injectable could get your chronic migraines under control.
If you are someone who deals with frequent migraines, then you are certainly no stranger to pain. Migraines are severe headaches that can cause a number of painful symptoms such as sensitivity to light and sound, auras, nausea, and vomiting. If medications, lifestyle changes, and other treatment options haven’t provided the relief you need, then you may want to talk to our Reno, NV, pain management physician, Dr. Ali Nairizi, about whether you could benefit from Botox.
But isn’t Botox a wrinkle treatment?
Yes, Botox is an FDA-approved cosmetic treatment that is typically used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles that develop around the forehead, eyes, and mouth; however, Botox has also been approved to treat a wide range of other non-cosmetic conditions—migraines are one of them.
Of course, Botox is also FDA-approved to handle chronic migraines. What makes migraines chronic? If you have headaches at least 15 days each month then you are dealing with chronic migraines, and these are the headaches that will respond the best to Botox treatment.
What is Botox and how does it work?
These injections administer a purified form of botulinum toxin into the muscles of the face. This neurotoxin temporarily prevents muscle contractions for up to 4 months. It is believed that when Botox is delivered into the muscles, it blocks the pain signals that are being sent to the brain. Botox can provide you with more pain-free, migraine-free days each month.
Who should consider Botox for migraines?
If you are dealing with 15 or more migraine days a month, if you haven’t been able to control your symptoms through medication or other treatment options, or if your migraines are affecting your career and personal life, then it may be the perfect time to talk with our Reno, NV, pain doctors about whether Botox is right for you.
What should I expect from treatment?
It only takes a few minutes to administer Botox, but the first appointment is typically the longest one (lasting up to 20 minutes). Since the injections are shallow, it is easily tolerated without the need for anesthesia. Several sessions are usually necessary, and it can take a few months to experience the maximum effects of this treatment.
Need relief? Give us a call
If you are living with migraines in Reno, NV, you may find great relief with the help of Botox. To learn more about our pain management team and the treatments we offer here at Reno Tahoe Pain Associates, call us at (775) 384-1127.