Migraine / headaches

Anyone who suffers from migraines can tell you how discouraging they are.  Many people don’t understand how debilitating migraines can be and what a toll they can have on both your social and professional life. The severe pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound can cause a significant disruption to everyday life especially because they are  unpredictable and can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. 

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Many factors can contribute to migraine headaches.  These can include, age, genetics, foods, or lack of food, alcohol, deyhydration, weather, stress and hormones.

Managing migrates through self-care and lifestyle modification is always the starting point. Over the counter medications or prescriptions can manage migraines in some cases. 

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Sometimes medications are not fully effective or have intolerable side effects. It was discovered inadvertently that Botox® can be an effective option for treatment in these cases.   Botox has been in regular use for more than three decades.  Patients who were using Botox for esthetic reasons, reported a decrease in headaches. Research undertaken in 2010 (PREEMPT study) confirmed the effectiveness of Botox in treating migraine headaches and led to the current injection protocal.

Botox® is the only Health Canada approved neuromodulator for chronic migraines, which means headaches on 15 or more days a month.  Botox® prevents migraine headaches before they start.  It is injected around pain fibers that are involved in headaches,  blocking the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission and reducing the activation of the pain networks in the brain.

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