An Unexpected Treatment for Chronic Migraines

Posted by admin at 6:40 PM on Aug 11, 2018


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An Unexpected Treatment for Chronic Migraines

A chronic migraine is defined as at least 15 episodes out of a month for at least 3 months. Each episode of those migraines would last 4 hours or more. That is something that I would not wish on my worst enemy yet millions suffer from this sentence of chronic migraines every day. For those individuals that have not seen a naturopathic doctor much can be done from simply changing diet and lifestyle to using more nutritional and supplemental therapies.

Food allergies or food intolerances can contribute to migraine headaches, and in some cases proper dietary adjustment can eliminate headaches completely. Herbs and botanicals are also useful for treating migraine headaches. Feverfew and Butterbur work well to decrease the frequency of migraines for many patients. For those patients who have been through the gamut of naturopathic therapies and treatment only to discover mild relief there is an additional therapy to explore now which may surprise you. Botox.

Botulinum neurotoxin, aka Botox is now FDA approved for the treatment of chronic migraine headaches. This treatment is intended for patients who have not found adequate relief from either naturopathic or conventional medicine. In this group of patients there seems to be no medically identifiable reason for their chronic migraines.

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Treatment for Chronic Migraines

You might be asking yourself, Why would a naturopathic doctor ever resort to using Botox to treat chronic migraine headaches, is this natural? Yes, it is in fact a natural substance, and from personal experience I can tell you how difficult life can be with chronic migraines. I personally suffered with devastating chronic migraines as a teenager, and I know how difficult life can be with this condition.

Botulinum toxin in one of the most studied substance in cosmetic applications and is now approved by the FDA to be used in the treatment of chronic migraines. In all studies of low dose Botox, this treatment has been found to be safe when administered correctly.

The American Academy of Neurology is currently gathering information from multiple years of study to publish a guideline for the treatment of chronic migraines using specifically Botox. In general, most relevant studies have found Botox 20% effective in alleviating chronic migraines.

20% may not seem like a significant number at first glance. However, if you were having 180 or more migraines of 4 hours or more each month, and you could reduce them by 20% with a safe treatment would you do it? That would be 36 less migraines a year and 144 hours of your life that you would have gained back.

If you would like to learn more about this effective treatment, please call to schedule an appointment today.


Article written by Dr. Michelle McConnell