3.3 Million Americans suffer from chronic migraines. Do you?
What is a Chronic Migraine?
- Chronic Migraine is 15 or more headache days each month
- With migraine on at least 8 of those days
- Each lasting 4 or more hours
- With episodic migraine or headache, you’d have 14 or fewer headache days a month
- Chronic Migraines are different than muscular tension headaches
Think back before you started treating your headaches and migraines. If you had 15 or more headache days a month in any 3-month period, you could have Chronic Migraine.
Tips For Tracking Your Headaches and Migraines
- Do it for one month. Give your doctor a full 30-day picture of your headaches, and how they affect you.
- Record every day that you’re headache and migraine free. Your doctor needs to know how many days a month you’re free from headache.
- Track them as they happen. It’s easiest to remember how a headache felt and how it affected you if you record it right away.
- Note their impact on your life. Specify if your headaches affect you at work, doing everyday things, and your relationships with family and friends.
- List any medicines you took. Whether it is prescription, over-the-counter, or an herbal treatment, your doctor needs to know what you are taking.
Click here to download your personal headache and migraine tracker.
Take on Chronic Migraine with BOTOX®
BOTOX has been a useful tool in medicine for over 30 years. While it is an established medicine, there is also growing potential into a number of different applications.
BOTOX is a purified form of botulinum toxin (onobotulinum toxin A) that works by adhering to receptors on nerves that contribute to muscle firing. So, the BOTOX can block some, or all muscle firing with effects lasting around 3 months. BOTOX can also contribute to pain relief by mechanisms beyond the relaxation of the muscles and research has continued in hopes of further understanding these effects.
Many people are familiar with BOTOX injections for cosmetic uses. Interestingly, during the cosmetic trials, researchers found that many of the participants had a significant reduction in their migraine symptoms. Further studies were pursued and Botox was later approved for use in migraine headaches along with other painful conditions including spasticity and cervical dystonia.
BOTOX is indicated for patients who have ≥ 15 days per month with headache lasting 4 hours a day or longer. The injections are quick and relatively painless with repeated injections every three months. These patients typically note a reduction in headache frequency and severity. Like all medications, there is a risk of side effects with BOTOX. These may include muscle weakness that can contribute to eyelid droop or the feeling of neck instability. These symptoms are generally mild and transient.
- BOTOX® is proven for Chronic Migraine for 10 years§
- BOTOX® is the #1 prescribed branded Chronic Migraine treatment||
- 3.5 million BOTOX® treatments given to over 550,000 people with Chronic Migraine¶
- Experts recommend treating Chronic Migraine before it even starts with preventive medication—like BOTOX®
- BOTOX® treatment is injected by your doctor around your head and neck, where Chronic Migraine affects you
§FDA approved, 2010. ||Data on File. October 2010–April 2020. ¶Since FDA approval in 2010.
What To Know About Taking On Chronic Migraine With BOTOX®
- BOTOX® injections are in proven sites around your head and neck—where Chronic Migraine may affect you—to prevent headaches and migraines before they even start
- Injections take about 15 minutes and are done in your doctor’s office (you can go home right after)
- Injections with a small needle feel like tiny pinches
- You start with 2 treatments, 12 weeks apart (and may feel results as soon as 4 weeks), and continue with treatment every 12 weeks
- thereafter—that’s just 4x a year (or as recommended by your doctor)
How Do I Find a BOTOX® Specialist?
BOTOX® Specialists are doctors who are experienced in treating Chronic Migraine with BOTOX® (the first FDA-approved treatment for Chronic Migraine) to prevent headaches and migraines before they even start. BOTOX® prevents, on average, 8 to 9 headache days and migraine/probable migraine days a month. The right diagnosis can help you find the right treatment. Find your BOTOX® Specialist here.
The BOTOX® Specialists at CHARM have seen excellent success with the use of BOTOX® for chronic migraines, spasticity and cervical dystonia. This is another tool in the toolbox that can oftentimes be synergistic to regenerative techniques such as PRP and BMAC (stem cells).
**All data on chronic migraine and BOTOX® treatment was sourced from https://www.botoxchronicmigraine.com/