Migraine Treatment, at BrightNewMe
Chronic migraine affects around 2% of the population, and for those unfortunate enough to suffer from this debilitating condition it can have a major impact on quality of life. Chronic migraine is defined as experiencing general headaches on 15 or more days per month, and migrainous headaches on at least eight of these days.
Botox® was licensed for treating chronic migraine in 2010, in cases where preventative medications have not been effective, or have not been tolerated by the patient. Treatment with Botox® has been shown to significantly reduce the number of headache days, and hence improve quality of life for migraine sufferers. Its safety has also been confirmed in large clinical trials. Botox® (by Allergan) is the only botulinum toxin I use at BrightNewMe, and the only one licensed for chronic migraine. I have trained specifically in Botox® treatment for migraines at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.
So how does Botox® help alleviate chronic migraines? Well, in contrast to the way that it reduces muscle impulses when used for anti-wrinkle purposes, the injections for migraine sufferers are thought to block the transmission of pain signals through the nerve fibres by reducing the release of neurotransmitters at the injected sites. Treatment typically involves a minimum of 31 injections in specific areas over the forehead, temples, back of head, upper neck and trapezius muscles (the muscles behind the neck/ shoulders). The effects would typically be noticed within a few days of treatment, and treatment would typically be effective for 3 months.
For more general information the Migraine Trust has a very helpful fact sheet – click here to visit the site. There are clearly a number of options available for migraine treatment, and, as with all procedures, it is important that an individual is fully informed of these prior to making any decision. Your general practitioner should be involved in this.
If you would like further information on the suitability of Botox® treatment I would be happy to discuss this with you at an initial consultation. Although we generally offer free initial consultations, this is not the case with those attending to discuss migraine treatment. Consultations for this condition involve assessment of your history and a discussion regarding other treatment options, along with details relating to Botox treatment. For this reason we make a charge of £75 for a 25 minute migraine consultation, though this is offset against treatment charges should you proceed at a later date. This initial consultation can be undertaken over the telephone, by arrangement, if this would be more convenient.
The standard treatment cost for this procedure is £495.