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Botox Treatments May Be Right For You If You Suffer From Debilitating Migraines

If you suffer from debilitating migraines on a routine basis and over the counter and prescribed medications haven't effectively minimized the discomfort you have been experiencing, you may be considering botulinum toxin (Botox) injections to reduce pain. Learn more about the injections process and what you can expect as a result to determine if the injections are right for you.

Learn About Treatments

Botox treatments are non-invasive and will cause minimal discomfort as they are being administered. Treatments are typically given in an office setting and can be completed within a short amount of time. After injections have been made, pain receptors will be blocked due to the temporary paralysis of facial and neck muscles.

A patient may need to wait several days for the pain to subside completely. Botox treatments need to be readministered every few months to prevent severe pain associated with migraines.

Consult With Your Doctor

Meet with your doctor to discuss your personal situation before choosing to receive injections. Any medication that you currently take or underlying health conditions should be revealed so that your doctor can be sure that administering Botox treatments will not be detrimental to your health. 

Your doctor will prepare you for the injection process and will provide you with a clear description of what you can expect prior to and during an injection. Statistics about the injections, success rates, and positive and negative characteristics of botox will be explained to you.

Treating migraines with botox is considered a medical treatment and usually means that a health insurance policy will cover part or all of the cost associated with the injections. After providing your doctor with information about your insurance provider and policy type, you will be aware of any charges that you will incur. 

Follow Aftercare Tips

After receiving Botox injectable treatments, you can expect to experience mild discomfort and your facial skin may be red and irritated for a little while. Your doctor may recommend that you take an over-the-counter medication until your facial skin has healed. He/she will likely discourage you from participating in any strenuous activities until you feel better.

After several days have passed, you should meet with your doctor again. Your doctor will examine your facial and neck skin to make sure that it has healed and will inquire about how you are feeling and if you have noticed a decrease in the amount of migraine pain that you typically experience.