Chronic migraines are defined as those that occur for 15 or more days per month. They interfere with your ability to function and live a high-quality life. At Hawai’i Pain & Spine, double board-certified interventional pain specialist Jonathan D. Carlson, MD, offers patients in the Windward area of Kailua, Hawai'i, relief from the pounding, disabling pain of migraines with Botox® injections. To learn how this purified neurotoxin can ease your migraine occurrences, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
Botox is a purified form of botulinum neurotoxin. When used in very small doses in specific, strategic sites, it can reduce muscle contractions that contribute to migraine pain. The FDA approved Botox for migraine treatment in 2010.
Botox is reserved for chronic migraine sufferers, not people who have an occasional headache. Talk to Dr. Carlson to find out if Botox is right for you.
Dr. Carlson injects Botox around pain fibers responsible for headache pain. Botox affects nerve endings to block the release of chemicals that transmit sensations of pain.
While Botox can prevent a migraine before it even begins, you may need to go through a few rounds of treatment to get optimal results. You’ll notice increasing benefits with repeated treatment cycles. Dr. Carlson and his team can help you understand what results to expect with Botox.
Botox can give you relief for about three months. After this, you can receive repeat injections to maintain migraine relief. By the second cycle of treatment, Botox can reduce the occurrence of headaches by 50%.
Talk to the office staff about how you can save with regular treatments.
People 18 and older can use Botox for migraine treatment. You should have recurrent migraines, meaning you have debilitating headaches for 15 or more days per month. These headaches last longer than the average case, are usually severe, and prevent you from doing your daily tasks.
The Botox injections are administered in the office and take about 15 minutes. The key sites for the injections are identified, and you feel a pinch from the thin needle, but most people tolerate the procedure very well.
You can go back to all your daily activities following treatment. No need to lie low or take time off work or school.
To learn how you can find relief from chronic migraines with Botox treatment, call Hawai’i Pain & Spain or schedule an appointment online.