Migraines are much more than just headaches that cause intense throbbing or pain. For many, the accompanying nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light or sound can be severely debilitating, leading to missed work.

For some patients, first-line oral medications for migraines do not provide relief. For these patient’s, one treatment option that can provide tremendous and sustained relief is Botox injections. Botox is derived from a naturally occurring neurotoxin that causes temporary muscle paralysis. Many people are familiar with the use of Botox injections to reduce wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles.

The research on how Botox helps with migraines initially began when people who used Botox to reduce wrinkles reported to their doctors that their headaches had improved. As a result, experts began to research it as a migraine pain treatment. In 2010, Botox was approved for adults with chronic migraines. The conditions include a history of migraines, with tension-type headaches lasting for four hours or more each day, half the month. It is, however, not approved for people who have headaches less than two weeks in a month or who experience cluster headaches.

Does Botox Really Reduce Migraine Pain?

Studies showed that Botox injections reduced the overall number of days per months that adults experienced a migraine headache. Also, patients did not need as many sick days off work and reported more pain-free days. A separate study found that nearly half of those who received two rounds of Botox reported a reduction in the number of headache-days they experienced each month. That number rose above 60 percent after five rounds of treatment.

Botox Therapy for Migraines Procedure

For lessening or stopping migraine headaches, Botox injections are administered once every 12 weeks. It is injected via a tiny needle into muscles in your head and neck that play a role in the cause of migraines. By blocking the release of chemicals that cause muscle contraction, Botox can substantially reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.

You can expect to feel results within three weeks after your initial treatment. The procedure lasts 15 minutes, and downtime after is minimal or nonexistent.

Only a doctor trained to administer these injections for chronic migraine headaches should administer this type of Botox treatment. If you would like to know more about interventional pain management procedures and therapies for your pain, explore Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center. We provide individualized pain management plans and offer a wide range of treatments.