Get The Wrinkles Out Of My Headaches

I have had many headaches over my lifetime. The few times I had a true migraine made me understand how debilitating these can be. Once this problem gets going you are not able to really work through it. Take some meds, find a dark quite place, try to sleep and hope it is gone when you wake up. I am one of the lucky people who my true migraines only lasted a few years and I have not had one since.

I see patients all the time who are chronic migraine sufferers and continue to struggle with this problem. The migraines can cause them to have problems with work and even their family life. It is a hard disease for others around to deal with since the person is in so much pain without any obvious injury.

What is a Migraine?

A migraine is a severe headache. It can often be preceded by visual symptoms such as flashes of light. The patients will even sometime experience the sensation of a certain smell before their migraine starts. Often the headache quickly progress and can cause severe debilitation. ip information It can last a few hours to days or even longer. Migraines have even been known to cause symptoms resembling a stroke such a weakness in one side of the body.

What Causes a Migraine?

The causes of migraines is not fully understood. We know that environmental and genetics play a role, and it is often different for each person. Some common causes are:

  • Hormonal
  • Foods such as cheese, chocolate, and salt
  • Alcohol, especially wine
  • Physical activities

What are Treatments for Migraines?

For years migraines were treated with narcotics to dull the pain. More recently medications such as Maxalt and Relpax have been taken when a migraines start to help abort the headache. For years different medications have been used off label (without FDA approval) to try and stop migraines from starting. Three years ago the FDA approved the first medication for the prophylaxis of migraines, Botox.

The doctors at Sarasota Retina institute have been using Botox for many years to help migraine suffers. Even before the FDA approved it, we saw great results from the medication.

Botox has been a wonderful drug for our migraine patients. They have been able to reduce the number of headaches a month, and the severity of the headaches when they occur. It does not seem to matter the cause of the migraine, Botox helps in most chronic migraine suffers.

Next time I will talk more about who qualifies for Botox treatment of migraines, how it is done, and even the fact that it is covered by most insurance plans now.

If you suffer from chronic migraines and would like to learn more about the safe and effective treatment, call us at 941-921-5335.

 

Jody Abrams, MD

Oculoplastics and Neuro-ophthalmology

Sarasota Retina Institute 

Sarasota, Florida

 

 

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