CHEYENNE, Wyo -- If you suffer from 15 or more migraines a month, BOTOX may be able to help. Patients who use BOTOX as a way to treat migraines say they see 8 to 9 fewer migraines a month versus the average 6 to 7 migraines with other medication.
Injections go in the forehead, temple area, back of neck, and shoulders every 12 weeks to paralyze muscles. Doctors think BOTOX works so efficiently for migraines because it blocks chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals to your brain. BOTOX is like a roadblock in that pathway, it stops the chemicals before they get to the nerve endings around your head and neck.
It is recommended that if you do have 15 or more migraines a month you get referred to a neurologist so they can do this procedure, as they are trained especially to treat migraines with BOTOX.
If you are unsure about using BOTOX to help treat migraines Dr. Tracie Caller, a neurologist for the Wyoming Neurology which is part of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, talks about some alternative medicines coming out later to help treat chronic migraines, in our interview from the morning show.