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Can Botox Help Your Headaches?

Published on July 29th, 2019

You may be surprised to learn that Botox in Northbrook can indeed help with your headaches. But don’t start celebrating just yet. Though Botox is approved for doctors to prescribe as a treatment for chronic migraines, that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone who experiences headaches.

Plus, as a patient undergoing any type of medical treatment, you should be educated about the way your treatment works so you can feel comfortable in the treatment option you are pursuing. To that end, we are going to fill you in on the way Botox in Northbrook can help your headaches. We’ll start by educating you about who is a good fit for this type of treatment.

What Patients Can be Helped with Botox for Headaches?

According to WebMD, Botox is approved for treatment in adults over the age of 18 who have a history of experiencing migraine headaches at least 8 days per month and any type of headache at least 7 more days per month. In other words, if you experience 15 headaches per month and 8 of them are migraines, you will be a good candidate for Botox to treat your headaches.

Why Botox?

When you think about Botox in Northbrook, you’re probably thinking about the stars in Hollywood who use this treatment to have a more wrinkle-free appearance. But when a large number of patients reported experiencing significantly fewer headaches after beginning their Botox treatments, scientists began to look into the possibility of using Botox to treat headaches.

When the clinical trials proved to be a success, Botox was approved to treat migraines in 2010. Experts believe the reason Botox works is due to its ability to block the pain signals that get carried from your brain out to your nerve endings.

Botox Treatment for Migraine Headaches

If you decide to ask about Botox treatment for headaches and your doctor determines you’re a good candidate, the treatment process will be fairly simple. While treatment plans will vary, generally, you can expect to need to come in for Botox shots every 3 months or so. For the treatment to be effective, you’ll need to have several Botox shots in your head and neck.

Like treatment plans, your results will vary but many patients reporting experiencing fewer or less severe headaches in as few as two to three weeks after receiving their first treatment.

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