Botox Injections help migraines – But are you really a candidate ?
Botox is now available on the NHS and has been widely publicized as the miracle cure for migraines. For sufferers this is the dream scenario, as the headache of a migraine is so intense it can render an active middle-aged person completely home bound. Allergan the makers of Botox have said injecting specific points around the head and the back of the neck can reduce the severity of the migraine by at least 50 percent’. Before you decide this is for you, consider these 5 important points:
1. Do you have an injection phobia?
If you do then this may not be the prescription for you. The treatment requires injecting in specific points. Up to 31 injection sites are injected. The procedure takes up to 20 minutes of non-stop injecting. The results are not immediate and can take up to 7 days before any relief is noted.
2. Your condition must be chronic
16 days in a month to more specific with episodes lasting up to four hours. This is classed as chronic. If you experience the occasional migraine, then botox is not deemed necessary.
3. Botox Injections are not the first course of treatment for migraines
You must have tried two other medications prior to botox and had poor results. Each medication will have been prescribed for two months. If you have shown no signs of improvement will you be considered as a patient.
4. You need three sessions for real results
Some may see improvements after one session however three is more realistic. The treatments are spaced up to three months apart so you will be under supervision for up to a year, injecting the specific points every three months.
5. Side effects
Side effects are possible:
- Pain at the injecting points
- Headaches – yes headaches!
- Stomach upset
- Neck pain