Anti-Wrinkle Injections to Combat Chronic Migraines
Anti-wrinkle injections are an effective use against chronic migraines. There are a number of different types of anti-wrinkle injections, (A, B, C, E, F), the one that is employed for cosmetic purposes is type A, know as Botulinum or BTX-A.
Originally used for smoothing wrinkles, anti-wrinkle injections have been found to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with migraines. It can also be used for some cases of depression.
Anti-Wrinkle Injections for Migraines
Migraines are distinct to headaches in a number of ways; with migraines often come other symptoms such as vomiting, nausea or sensitivity to bright lights. Migraines are generally grouped into two categories; the classic migraine where sufferers will experience some form of visual distortion prior to the onset, almost like warning signs. And then there’s your non-classic migraines which do not follow those cues.
Decreasing serotonin levels are believed to be part of the cause of migraines. The decrease causes the blood vessels in the brain to contract which instigates the migraine. On an external level there can be a number of triggering factors: stress, hormone changes, lack of sleep, muscular discomfort and even certain types of food.
For sufferers of acute migraines there are levels of treatment available: for low level sufferers can treat the migraine with painkillers, failing this, sufferers can consult their GP and get prescribed more powerful medication. And if that doesn’t work some patients will be prescribed a prophylactic drug which will stop them getting migraines altogether.
So when it comes to anti-wrinkle injections to combat this, doctors usually prescribe this if the patient suffers from headaches for 15 or more days in the course of a single month and if those headaches/migraines lasts longer than four hours.
How Does it Work?
Anti-wrinkle injections essentially “relax” the treated area, this has proven to be effective at combatting headaches and migraines for exactly that reason, it relaxes the muscle in the forehead that is causing so much discomfort. It works my temporarily by blocking the connections between the nerves in the targeted area whilst simultaneously “relaxing” the muscles. Clinical trials have shown that anti-wrinkle injections are effective at treating migraine and headaches sufferers in 50% of cases, with patients claiming that their symptoms became less frequent and also less severe.
Injections are administered every 12 to sixteen weeks to distinct areas around the upper back, neck and head in order to prevent future migraine or headaches from occurring. Generally speaking the treatment can take anywhere from 2 to 14 days to take full effect, and it is recommended that patients should avoid alcohol and exposure to sunlight 5 days prior to treatment. Aspirin should also be avoided if necessary 2 weeks prior to treatment. Whilst not mandatory it is also recommended that patients avoid any food stuffs or liquids that contain blood thinning qualities such as fish oil supplements, red wine or ginseng.
Post treatment headaches are to be expected, but don’t worry these should fade after a few hours and it’s important for patients not to rub the area.