Nashville Health Pro
Primary Care, Functional Medicine, and Dermatology located in Bellevue in West, Nashville, TN
If you suffer from migraines, finding a safe, reliable source of relief is an important part of your overall health and wellness. Fortunately, help is available through the care of Tamera Thoener, FNP-C, Kim Huang, AGNP-C, and the team at Nashville Health Pro in Nashville, Tennessee. The team offers Botox® for migraines, an approach that can deliver lasting relief and help you stay engaged in your normal daily routines. Call the office today to book a visit, or spend a few moments on the online scheduling page.
Botox for Migraines Q & A
What are migraines?
Most people think of migraines as severe headaches, but in reality, they are a collection of neurological symptoms, one of which is severe head pain. If you suspect you are experiencing migraines, it can help to understand the symptoms.
Some of the signs of migraines include:
- Pulsating or throbbing pain on one side of the head
- Sensitivity to light and sound
- Visual changes, like seeing flashes of light
- Tingling in the face, arms, or legs
- Trouble speaking
Few people experience all of these symptoms, and for some, symptoms begin to arise hours before head pain sets in. For many people, migraines are debilitating, and sufferers find themselves unable to carry on with normal daily routines.
How can Botox treat migraines?
If you’re like many people, you probably associate Botox with aesthetic treatments to smooth the appearance of wrinkles and lines. In addition to these aesthetic benefits, Botox has been in use for medical applications for more than 50 years.
Botox is created from a neurotoxin called Clostridium botulinum. When injected into targeted muscles, this carefully controlled formulation prevents those muscles from completing their full range of motion.
When used for migraines, Botox is injected into the pain fibers that create headache pain. As the medication enters the surrounding nerve endings, it releases specific chemicals that prevent the transmission of pain signals between your body and brain.
How do I know if Botox for migraines is right for me?
Everyone responds differently to various migraine treatments. According to researchers, patients who received Botox treatments for migraines report a 50% reduction in migraine frequency after just two treatment cycles.
Each treatment cycle lasts approximately 10-12 weeks. The Botox injections are not painful, and most people report only a mild stinging sensation as the needle enters their skin. There is no need for advance preparation or recovery time.
Botox for migraines is intended to prevent migraine pain by altering the transmission of pain signals before a migraine begins. It can take several treatments before you begin to see the full effects of this treatment option.
Additional treatment options include:
- Calcitonin gene-related peptide medications (cGRP)
- Oxygen therapy
- Sphenopalatine ganglion block (nerve block)
When you entrust the Nashville Health Pro team with your care, your practitioner works closely with you to create a customized migraine treatment plan. Schedule a visit today online or over the phone to discuss the role that Botox could play in your larger migraine and health strategy.