Understanding chronic migraines

Chronic migraines are characterized by persistent headaches and “attacks” that come on quickly and sometimes without warning. When a migraine hits, you may experience blurred or lost vision, nausea, extreme light or sound sensitivity, and blinding or throbbing pain around the eyes and temples. Unlike a classic headache, a migraine is elevated in intensity, duration, and side effects, often forcing you into an isolated, dark room. 

Migraines are considered chronic when individuals experience a headache 15 or more days of the month. At least 8 of those days must be characterized specifically as a migraine, with trademark features that separate the attacks from a classic headache. Migraines can last anywhere from 1 hour to several days, sometimes requiring a trip to the ER to relieve symptoms. 

While you can attempt to trace triggers or environmental factors that set off your attacks, there is no cure for chronic migraines. 

However, Botox injections have been FDA-approved as a practical chronic migraine treatment for diagnosed individuals with chronic cases.

Another FDA-approved option for chronic migraine treatment uses the newest class of medications that target calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP). 

Use of Botox for chronic migraine treatment

The ISS team is committed to relieving your persistent pain and tension, giving you back your life one chronic migraine treatment at a time. At your initial consultation, we’ll break down the entire process of the chronic migraine treatment so you feel confident and resolved before the procedure begins. 

  • Chronic migraine treatment using Botox can be effective for reducing the occurrence and severity of headaches — it cannot eliminate migraines completely. 
  • The process of chronic migraine treatment involves Botox injections in 31 locations around the head, neck, and forehead area. 
  • Each round of injections are spread out every 12 weeks.
  • Each appointment is scheduled for 40 minutes, although the actual injection procedure lasts less than 10 minutes. 

Find peace-of-mind with ISS chronic migraine treatment

The Integrated Sports & Spine team is made up of qualified medical clinicians, specializing in therapeutic injections, orthopedic conditions, progressive illnesses, and cutting-edge medical technology. After decades of passionate practice, the ISS team has enabled countless people to find relief from chronic pain and immobility.

If you’re tired of chronic migraines holding you back from living life to its fullest, find trusted and effective relief with the ISS team.

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First Treatment: Day 1

  • Using a tiny needle and fine-tuned precision, our experienced clinicians will conduct the first chronic migraine treatment with 31 Botox injections into the defined areas of your head, neck, and forehead/temples. 
    • Similar to cervical dystonia treatments, chronic migraine treatments using Botox are effective as the Botulinum toxin prevents the release of the neurotransmitters, stopping pain receptors traveling to the nerve endings around your head and neck. With an obstruction between your pain signals and nerve endings, Botox effectively eliminates occurrences of migraine pain and attacks.
    •  You may start to feel results after four weeks, experiencing fewer headache days.

Second Treatment: 12 Weeks Out

  • After 12 weeks, you’ll return to our office to repeat the injections for your chronic migraine treatment. 
    • This routine treatment must be conducted to improve and optimize results, ultimately reducing the occurrence of migraines even further.
    • You and your practitioner will discuss how long it will be necessary to continue the every 12-week injection cycle. 
    • At this final follow-up, we will administer the injections to sustain the effects of the treatment. 
    • Most people have 8 to 9 fewer migraine days per month, often cutting their migraine attacks in half or more. 
    • Get additional information from botoxformigraine.com

Use of Anti-CGRP Medications for chronic migraine treatment

This newest class of medications was approved for migraine prevention by the FDA in 2018. All three medications target calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), which has been found to be highly involved in the migraine pathway. 

  • These new medications are designed to specifically target a root cause of migraines, and research has proven that they are safe and highly effective.
  • All three new options are subcutaneous (into the superficial fat issue) injections that are administered on a monthly basis.
  • Talk to your ISS clinician about this newest available option to determine if it may be right for you. 
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