BOTOX® Injections for Migraines in Abingdon, VA
In the United States alone, over 37 million people suffer from migraines, leading to absences from school and work, hospital visits, interference in personal relationships and a restriction in daily activities due to debilitating pain and discomfort. Of these people, more than 3 million live with chronic migraines, experiencing 15 or more headache days a month (8 associated with a migraine) which last 4 hours or more.
Causing throbbing head pain and accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, light sensitivity and blurred vision, a migraine is conventionally treated through oral medication, either to curb the severity of symptoms during an attack or to prevent future migraine attacks. However, for chronic migraine sufferers—those who have frequent, long-lasting migraines—these forms of treatment pose concerns due to their side effects and the dependency that they create regardless of their actual effectiveness.
Fortunately, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved BOTOX® (botulinum toxin type a) for the preventive treatment of chronic migraines. Traditionally used to improve facial appearance through the elimination of fine lines and wrinkles, BOTOX is also FDA-approved to treat other conditions such as facial tics and spasms, dystonia and bladder dysfunction in addition to migraines.
To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare professional in Abingdon that specializes in BOTOX injections for migraines, call (423) 482-8711 or contact Dr. Dalal Akoury online.
How BOTOX Works
Botulinum toxin type a is derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and works as a neurotoxin to block nerve activity in the muscles into which it is injected. Its use as a chronic migraine treatment was actually discovered by accident; patients who were receiving BOTOX injections to reduce wrinkles reported a reduction in headaches/migraines following their treatment.
While it is not entirely known how BOTOX affects headaches, many theories suggest that by blocking certain nerve pathways, BOTOX inhibits pain messages from being sent to the brain.
What to Expect During Your BOTOX Migraines Treatment
If you experience frequent migraines which are hindering your life, it is important to seek medical care from a healthcare provider who understands your unique health needs. A BOTOX doctor can evaluate your current health state, as well as review your medical history, to determine if BOTOX injections are a viable treatment option for your headaches. BOTOX therapy is not FDA-approved for children, or adults with 14 or fewer headache days per month.
If your healthcare provider determines you are eligible for BOTOX injections, the treatment is conducted in his or her office and takes under 20 minutes. Using a small needle, your healthcare provider will inject BOTOX into various injection sites beneath the skin of the head and neck. Typically, there is only mild discomfort from a tiny pinprick sensation at the injection sites.
BOTOX treatment is conducted every three months. It is likely it will take a minimum of 2 treatments (6 months) before you experience a reduction in your migraine frequency. In 2 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies of adult chronic migraine sufferers, many study participants experienced a 50% reduction in headache days each month (8 to 9 days fewer headaches) through the use of BOTOX.
In certain cases, however, BOTOX migraines treatment may prove ineffective for you or cause unwanted side effects such as neck pain. Your healthcare provider will discuss all avenues of treatment with you at the time of your first appointment and can readdress these various treatment plans should BOTOX prove unsuccessful for you.
Experience Sustained Headache Relief Today!
If you suffer from chronic migraines, BOTOX is an innovative, preventive treatment solution which can help restore quality to your life. Meet with a headache specialist in Abingdon to discuss your treatment options and to determine if BOTOX injections for migraines is a feasible solution for you. Call (423) 482-8711 or contact Dr. Dalal Akoury online to begin your journey to headache relief today!
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