Botox has to be one of the most recognized brands in medicine. It has a very glamorous association with Hollywood and the A-List for cosmetic improvements, ironing out wrinkles and the signs of aging, but Botox has another side to it that most people are unaware of. It has several uses in everyday medicine including treatment of excessive sweating, eye problems, muscle stiffness/ spasms and an overactive bladder.
Another use is in treating chronic migraines. For lots of people around the world chronic migraines can be a debilitating disorder, affecting them daily and severely. Traditionally doctors would prescribe drugs not specifically targeted at chronic migraines like Beta blockers (used to treat high blood pressure and coronary artery disease), anti-depressants, anti-seizure drugs and pain relievers. These days doctors are turning more and more to Botox as a solution for chronic migraines. Actually, Botox is the only FDA approved preventative treatment for treating chronic migraines.
Unlike acute treatments, which are taken to treat a headache or migraine once they have begun, Botox prevents them before they even start. As expected, the treatment involves a series of small injections in a procedure that takes around 15 minutes. The injection sites are specifically targeted in areas that will have an effect on migraines. The needle is very fine and lots of people say it’s more of a discomfort than being painful.
The really great thing is that there is no down-time after the procedure, so you can go home straight after, and that they are only administered every 12 weeks. So, just over an hours worth of treatments, spread across the year, can bring relief to sufferers of chronic migraines for the whole year.
As with any procedure it is worth getting advice from your GP about compatibility and possible side effects. Also, make sure your treatments are administered by a healthcare professional.