Botox for migraines and neck pain

Migraine is three times more common in women than in men. Migraine usually begins with intermittent headache attacks 14 days or fewer each month episodic migrainebut some patients go on to develop the more disabling chronic migraine.

Botox has not been shown to work for the treatment of migraine headaches that occur 14 days or less per month, or for other forms of headache. It is important that patients discuss with their physician whether Botox is appropriate for them.

Those symptoms include swallowing and breathing difficulties that can be life-threatening. There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect when Botox has been used at the recommended dose to treat chronic migraine, severe underarm sweating, blepharospasm, or strabismus, or when Botox Cosmetic has been used at the recommended dose to improve frown lines.

Aller vers. Sections de cette Page. Aide accessibilité. The Botox treatment for migraines consists of injections to seven key areas—my forehead, head, neck, back and shoulders, for a total of 31 injections. I sat in a chair in the middle of the room, got a tiny stress ball in the shape of a football to squeeze and sat still while my doctor and an assistant circled around me with a syringe.

Did it hurt? I squeezed the hell out of that tiny foam football.

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But after you feel the first couple of tiny pinpricks, you then know what to expect and can prepare for the rest. For me, the shots to the side of my neck hurt the most, and sometimes I felt a stinging sensation while the Botox was injected. However, the needle is very tiny, so the pain lasts for only a moment and then it's over. That was two weeks ago, and since then, I've only had one migraine, which is definitely a good sign.

The doctor did say it could take some time to kick in, and some don't see results until the second round of injections three months later. So I'm not ready to judge the treatment fully until my second round of injections. The only side effect I've experienced is a little neck stiffness no aesthetic changes or inability to emote, which, honestly, I was worried aboutbut five minutes of pain and some neck soreness, to me, is worth it for what might be a permanent solution to my migraines.

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