Do you have frequent headaches occurring 15 or more days a month, and wondering which medication will bring relief? Well, Botox could be what you are looking for.
Botox was initially used to clear wrinkles and smoothen the face. But when its users with migraines reported relief, doctors and researchers decided to dig deeper. In 2010 studies confirmed Botox could relieve headache too and was approved for use to treat chronic migraines. Today Botox is one of the most popular migraine treatment.
Botox is a neurotoxin derived from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, the same bacteria that causes botulism i.e. paralyzing effect one feels when they eat spoiled food. The muscle paralysis is as a result of the bacteria blocking the transmission of signals from the nerves.
The Botox used for medication is very safe. Owing to the fact its effect is localized, it has been highly purified, administered in small doses and not ingested via the stomach, it does not elicit the lethal botulism reaction.
How it works.
The Botox medication is administered using an injection. The injections are focused in the head area with the more painful spots receiving more shots. Botox then moves to the nerve endings around the head and neck area and acts as a roadblock preventing the release and passage of neurotransmitters.
The neurotransmitters are responsible for carrying pain signals to and from the brain. So when they are blocked, there is no activation of pain networks in the brain hence it does not register pain. Through this Botox effectively cuts out headache pains.
For maximum effectiveness, take the shots for a number of times. One treatment cycle takes 10-12 weeks, and entails injection of 30-40 shots. Many users report much relief evidenced by the reduction in the numbers days with headaches within the first 2-3 weeks of medication.
Tired of the perennial pains hampering your normal life? Make your way to Laois Cosmetic Doctor. Our well trained and experienced medical personnel will safely administer the Botox treatment.