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It's Not Just for Wrinkles: How Botox Can Treat Your Migraine

If you have chronic headache disorder, you might be suffering half or more days out of the month with a migraine, or similar headache. Having a headache on 15 days or more in a single month affects up to 4% of people worldwide. Chronic migraines can severely impact your ability to earn a living, take care of your home or children, or enjoy your life! 

That’s where board-certified neurologist Dr. Habib Khan, who leads the team at Arizona Institute of Neurology and Polysomnography in Casa Grande, Arizona, can help you. Using his expertise, he’ll help diagnose the cause of your headache and plan a course of treatment to give you relief. 

In the case of chronic headache disorders, Dr. Khan may suggest Botox® injections to help alleviate symptoms and give you more "crystal clear" and pain-free days.

How Botox became a migraine treatment  

Botox was originally identified as a toxin present in spoiled food, which could cause serious illness. However, researchers discovered that when Botox is injected, it has a paralytic effect. At first, eye doctors used it to help paralyze muscles pulling on the eye as a solution for “lazy eye” or strabismus.  

In 2002, Botox Cosmetic was FDA-approved for temporary aesthetic use. It was used to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles in the face, but people who got this treatment and also suffered from migraines reported that their headaches got better. 

Doctors then began looking into the possibility of Botox as a migraine treatment. In 2010, Botox Chronic Migraine was FDA-approved to treat chronic migraines.

The Botox migraine treatment process

Dr. Khan will first make sure you’re a candidate for Botox Chronic Migraine treatment. If you have headaches 15 or more days out of the month, you’re probably a suitable candidate. If Botox is recommended, you’ll get a series of injections at specific places, which can include pressure points in your face, the back of your neck, and upper back. 

To start, the Botox treatment for migraines is injected once in the areas needed. You’ll be asked to come back in about 12 weeks for a second round of injections, since some people’s bodies don’t respond until the second round. 

If the treatment works for you (by reducing the number of days per month you have a migraine and/or lessening the symptoms when you do have a migraine), you can get treatment every 12 weeks following the second session.

If you’re ready to try a new way to get relief from your migraines, Botox could be a good place to start. Call our office today at 520-201-8849 to request a consultation with Dr. Khan.

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