Botox injections can relieve chronic headaches

Botox injections can relieve chronic headaches

Botox is a treatment best known for correcting facial wrinkles. But in recent years, its therapeutic indications have expanded. As early as 2010, the FDA has officially approved the use of Botox for the treatment of chronic migraine. Chronic migraine is a headache that persists for more than 15 days a month. It is estimated that 3.2 million in the US are affected by this disabling problem and many of them get a marked improvement in chronic migraine thanks to treatment with Botox. Botox prevents migraines, but it takes time for the therapy to work. Botox is injected into the painful area. When botox enters nerve endings near the site where it is injected, it prevents the release of pain-causing chemicals. Most patients report that the benefit increases with the number of treatments performed which can take up to six months for maximum benefit. The most commonly indicated side effect after treatment with botox to relieve the symptoms of chronic migraine is a slight pain in the neck. Possible side effects improve or resolve within the first 7-10 days after treatment but resolving the annoying pain of migraine.