Botox Fixes Migraine Headaches

Botox For Migraines

Health Canada approved treatment and prevention of chronic migraine disorder since 2011.

What is Chronic Migraine?

You may be suffering from Chronic Migraine if you have 15 or more days of headache, also called headache days, OR 8 or more days or headaches that have features of migraines in each month for a total of 3 consecutive months, or longer.  

There are many different types of headaches, and very often the different types of headaches tend to overlap in some way or another,   making diagnosis very challenging. 

We now have Chronic Migraine Screening Tools available to help us identify complex and challenging cases... essentially helping us to help you. 

Speak to your doctor if you are unsure if you are suffering from Chronic Migraine... You don't have to suffer... there is help!

Common symptoms of a migraine headache:

  • Moderate to severe pain intensity.
  • Throbbing, pulsating.
  • Usually on one side of the head ( unilateral).
  • Can be accompanied by light an/or sound sensitivity.
  • Can be accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting.
  • Can be worsened by physical activity.
  • Duration can be anything from 4 hours to days.
  • Can be associated with vision, or even hearing changes, called "aura".

Common triggers of migraine headaches:

  • Sleep pattern disruption.
  • Diet: skipping meals, sugary meals, caffeine, alcohol, aged cheese, chocolate.
  • Dehydration.
  • Weather patterns.
  • Hormones.
  • Stress: Physical, mental and emotional.
  • Certain surroundings/environmental factors: smells, sounds, bright lights.
I suffer from Chronic Migraine. What now?

If you are suffering from Chronic Migraine there are treatment options that can help you manage your specific situation. The treatment options include acute intervention, preventative intervention and some alternative strategies.

ACUTE THERAPY refers to the pharmacological strategies we apply right at the onset of symptoms. These strategies are applied in cases of acute and acute on chronic cases. 

Examples:

-ANALGESIC

  • Ibuprofen, Aspirin, Tylenol.

-TRIPTANS

  • Sumitriptan, Zolmitriptan, Rizatriptan, Elitriptan

PREVENTATIVE THERAPY refers to the pharmacological strategies we apply only in the cases where the symptoms have now become chronic in nature.  The goal is to decrease the frequency, duration and intensity of the symptoms.  

Examples:

  • OnabotulinumtoxinA
  • Topirimate
  • Flunarizine
  • Propanolol
  • Timolol

ALTERNATIVE THERAPY refers to strategies we apply that does not involve medication. These included behavioural therapy that not only helps the sufferer to deal better with the normal stressors of life, but also with the stressors of chronic disease such as pain, debilitation and loss of quality of life.  

Why BOTOX for Chronic Migraines?

How Botox actually help to prevent migraine headaches is quite a complicated mechanism.  Botox enters nerve endings in the areas where it is injected.  In these specific nerve endings it helps to block certain chemicals that are involved in the release of pain signal transmission.  This prevents activation of the pain networks in our brains. 

This is a process that does take time, and it should be noted it is not a CURE for pain.

Process and Treatment:

Treatment duration: 15-30minutes

You will need a referral letter from your/a family physician.  This can be faxed to:

Junction Point Family Clinic

Fax: +1 780 532 6997

You will be contacted by one of our staff members to set up your first appointment. Please take note that you will not receive any injections during this appointment.  

Once we have confirmed the diagnosis of Chronic Migraine, a date for injection will be scheduled.  

Will my insurance cover the Botox product cost?

In almost all cases insurance plans cover the cost of the product.  Preauthorization may be required. 

Frequently asked questions:

1- Does it hurt?

At Captivating Aesthetics, Botox injections for Chronic Migraine are done with a 30 or 31 Gauge needle, similar to that of an insulin syringe needle. It is so small the injections are practically pain-free. 

2- Will I be able to go to work after my treatment?

Yes, essentially you can go on with life as normal.  There is a risk of bruising, as with any injection.  These are usually small pinpoint bruises and can easily be covered up with concealer.

3- Are there certain things I can and cannot do once I have had the treatment?

Most important is to stay upright for 8 hours after the treatment, and to avoid pressure on any of the treatment areas. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for 24-48 hours. 

You will be given pre and post treatment guidelines once the date of injections have been established. 

4- Is there anyone that cannot get Botox treatment?

YES, Botox treatment is contraindicated if you are pregnant, lactating, have a known or suspected allergy to Botox or any component of the product, if you have a known or suspected neuromuscular disease. 

5- How often do I have to get treated?

The dosing is every 3 months ( 12 weeks)

6- What are the possible side effects?

This will be discussed in great detail during your  appointment, but the list includes ( and is not limited to) headache, facial muscle weakness, drooping of the eyelids, muscle spasm, muscle tightness, pain.

7- How soon should I expect to see results?

It is important to remember that you are suffering from a Chronic disease, and that it will take time to " reboot" your nervous system and get the pain under control. The rule of thumb is only after completing at least 12 months or 4 full cycles of treatment can we make a conclusion whether or not you are responding to the therapy.  ONE TREATMENT CYCLE IS NOT ENOUGH TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT BOTOX FOR MIGRAINES IS SUCCESSFUL. 

8- Will this cure my Chronic Migraine?

No, this is not a cure for Chronic Migraine

 

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