migraines, and other headaches

Many people, especially women, suffer unnecessarily from chronic, recurrent headaches that seriously interfere with their quality of life, and may even necessitate hospital admission for use of the "big stuff", opiates like pethidine and morphine, to get relief.


Specialist headache Doctors, called Neurologists, are still unsure about the origins and causes of these nasty things. The correct answer is that the cause is individually determined, and multiple - genetic, sex linked, stress linked, allergic, hormonal, and the list goes on...

What is apparent though, is that continuous muscle spasm often plays a big part in causing these headaches, and if those muscles are paralysed by Botulinim toxin (Botox, Dysport etc), the headache magically disappears!



The American Headache Society has this to say...

Botox is the only FDA-approved, preventive treatment that is injected by a doctor every 12 weeks for adults with chronic migraine headaches.

A migraine is a type of headache that is usually only experienced on one side of the head. In most cases an "aura" is felt before the start of the headache, a warning symptom or sign that is usually visual - spots before the eyes, or loss of part of the visual field - each migraineur experiences different pre-headache symptoms.

When you have a migraine, you are usually sensitive to light and sound and experience nausea and / or vomiting when the pain becomes severe.

A migraine headache can last anything between 4 to 72 hours.

Injections are given over key areas of the head and neck once every 12 weeks to prevent headaches. from occurring. Often relief is almost complete, but in all cases the frequency and severity of the headaches decrease.

Here’s what to expect during your treatment:

  • Injections to  key areas of the head and neck
  • Very fine needles are used for these injections
  • Injections feel like tiny pinpricks—you may feel mild discomfort
  • Other side effects are minimal and infrequent

The Procedure

When to expect results – In clinical trials, Botulinum toxin provided a significant reduction in headache days after the first treatment. After the second treatment (at 24 weeks), Botulinum toxin prevented up to 9 headache days a month (vs up to 7 with placebo injection).

Why commit to 2 treatments? – Committing to 2 treatment sessions is important in order to see how this treatment works for you. Talk to your doctor about your progress, and as you start to see changes in the amount of headache days you’re having each month, keep track with a Headache Diary.

What happens next: a 12-week treatment schedule – Based on your progress, you and your doctor will discuss re-treatment every 12 weeks. Remember: this is a preventive treatment, which means it’s taken to prevent headaches and migraines from occurring. So, it is recommended that treatment be given once every 12 weeks.

Botox for Bruxism

Teeth grinding is also quite easily treated by injection the muscles that clench the lower jaw. This in itself may cause headaches!

 Read more here.