Discover the Medical Benefits of Botox
Do you suffer from migraines or blepharospasms? You may be surprised to hear that Botox provides medical benefits to treat your symptoms.
The FDA has approved Botox for migrane and blepharospasm treatments where Dr. Thom is proud to now offer at his practice in Fargo, ND. For years, this treatment has been proven successful for a vast number of patients searching for relief. While many people associate Botox to reduce the appearence of wrinkles, the medical benefits are not to be overlooked.
We invite you to contact our practice today to discuss your symptoms and see if Botox treatments are right for you.
Botox is licensed for the treatment for people with chronic migraines. Chronic migranes are defined as 3 months of at least 15 days of a headache a month, of which at least 8 days have migrainous features, such as nausea, noise or light sensitivity, or pulsating pain.
Botox has been used for 25+ years as a treatment option for blepharospasms since FDA approval in 1989. Botox is approved to help relieve the eyelid muscle spasms associated with blepharospasm.
What is Botox?
Botox is a brand of botulinum toxin. There are other brands, but these have not been proved helpful in any form of migraine or blepharospasms. Some people use the word to mean any form of botulinum toxin but this can lead to misunderstanding – just as not all vacuum cleaners are Hoovers.
The toxin comes from a germ (a bacterium) called Clostridium botulinum. The way it is taken from the germ and prepared for clinical use varies between the different manufacturers, so different brands of botulinum toxin may work differently, and should not be interchangeable.
I thought Botox was a treatment for wrinkles?
Botulinum toxin gets into nerve endings and stops the nerve being able to respond normally to an electrical nerve impulse. Whatever that nerve normally does, stops working. So when facial expression muscles are injected, facial wrinkles are reduced.
It was noticed by chance, many years ago, that people having cosmetic botulinum toxin had fewer headaches. Recently this was proven to work for chronic migraine; it is also used to treat other illnesses including blepharospasm, dystonia, cerebral palsy, and stroke.
How does it treat a Migrane?
It is thought that botulinum toxin gets into the small nerves that carry pain from the head to the brain, known as C-fibres. This reduces the number of chemicals released from the nerve ending and therefore interrupts the feedback pathway that perpetuates a migraine and headache.