Medical professionals have not determined the specific cause of migraine headaches, although some people may be genetically predisposed to experiencing the condition. Several environmental factors can influence when a migraine might strike. These include stress, changes in weather or environment, certain foods or food additives, alcohol consumption and changes in sleep patterns.
As anyone who has experienced a migraine can attest, they are extremely debilitating and painful, with symptoms including throbbing or pulsating pain that can radiate across both sides of the head and to the jaw. Nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to lights, sounds, smell and touch are also common symptoms.
Treatment from an Unlikely Source
To prevent recurrence of a migraine, it is advisable to avoid triggers such as stress and anxiety, and certain foods. Sufferers should also exercise regularly and can take pain medication from ibuprofen to beta blockers. However, many find it impossible to avoid trigger foods and situations, or find that avoidance does not reduce the frequency of their migraines. Regular exercise can also be difficult to maintain due to other health concerns, lack of time or inclement weather. Many would agree that over reliance on medication should be avoided and can even lead to conditions like abdominal pain and ulcers from overuse.
Thankfully, there is an alternative. Used as a cosmetic treatment for over 20 years, Botox® injections are now approved by the FDA to prevent migraines. This treatment’s effectiveness has been documented, with some patients experiencing relief in as little as four weeks after their initial treatment. Botox works by targeting the specific muscles and nerves involved in migraines and can have fewer side effects than other medications. Each treatment usually takes 15 minutes to complete, so it is easy to schedule into a busy lifestyle.
If you are seeking relief from the constant threat of a migraine headache and wish to explore the benefits of Botox treatment, contact Caliber Pain at our Midtown Manhattan facility today to arrange a consultation.